Will.I.Am announces a 500,000 GBP donation to The Prince's Trust at The Prince's Trust on June 21, 2012 in London, England

*Will.i.am, who served as a judge/mentor on the UK version of “The Voice,” has donated £500,000 to The Prince’s Trust charity – nearly all of his paycheck for taking part in the show’s first season.


”I gave the majority of the money I made on the voice to the @PrincesTrust to build a tech program to get the kids from east LDN up to speed,” he tweeted.

The donation, announced in London yesterday, will help deprived children get training and launch businesses.

The Black Eyed Peas star, 37, said that he gave the funds away to the British people because he has felt well-received in the country.

”The people of the UK welcomed me into their homes every week and I wanted to give something back,” he said. ”I called my manager and said, ‘What can I do with the money that I’m getting for The Voice’? I don’t need it’. It’s the least I could do — the show changed my life.”

At the press conference, Will.i.am met up with Prince Charles, who is the figurehead for the Trust.