Cash helps youth hub do its work

Members of the Boathouse Youth celebrate their �127,600 windfall, at Lytham Road, South Shore

Members of the Boathouse Youth celebrate their �127,600 windfall, at Lytham Road, South Shore

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A PIONEERING youth organisation is continuing to support children in a deprived area of the resort as more funding pours in.

The Boathouse Youth opened two years ago to help give the youngsters of Bloomfield ward, South Shore, an alternative to hanging around on the streets.

It has since received thousands of pounds worth of funding from various organisations to provide day trips to the Pleasure Beach, bike rides and weekends in the Lake District.

The Queensdeans Association, a charitable trust set up by the late hotelier Pat Mancini and performer Joe Longthorne, has now pledged more than £5,000 to the club.

This funding boost will go towards providing residential experiences for the club’s members.

Laurance Hancock, manager of the Boathouse Youth, has admitted he was concerned about the club’s future before receiving the funding.

He told The Gazette: “I was worried that we were going to struggle to provide any large-scale residential experiences in 2012.

“Thanks to the team at the Queensdeans we are now able to run camping and canal boating trips during the year.

“I think deep down I knew something would come up and we’re delighted to receive support from such a local trust.”

The charity received £127,600 from the Henry Smith charity in October, but the cash was all earmarked for improvements to Boathouse Youth’s building.

Ashley Thompson, 15, one of the club’s young leaders, recently became the Young Citizen of the Year in the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Award.

He added: “It’s great the Queensdeans are able to support us.

“All the young people were aware that activity funding had been limited for 2012, so it’s great news a local organisation is able to financially support another for the good of young people like me and my friends.”

Keira Greaves, nine, a junior member of the organisation, said the money will now allow her to attend summer camp.

She added: “I can’t wait to go on camp now. It’s always the best bit, especially getting muddy and playing in the river.”

David Brennand, from the Queensdeans Association, said: “We’re delighted to help an organisation such as this and hope that our support can continue into the future.”

For more information about getting involved with Boathouse Youth. log on to www.theboathouseyouth.net or contact Laurance on (01253) 804 904.