Youngsters’ joy as club granted £5k holiday cash

The Boathouse Youth's canal boating trip on the Shropshire Union Canal during half term.
The Boathouse Youth's canal boating trip on the Shropshire Union Canal during half term.
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A thriving Blackpool youth club will take a group of youngsters on their first holiday next month – after it was awarded thousands of pounds in grant cash.

The Boathouse Youth, which helps provides activities and trips to hundreds of South Shore youngsters, has received a donation of £5,000 from Blackpool’s Ice Drome Charitable Association (BIDCA).

Bloomfield ward’s biggest youth club was given the money from cash raised after BIDCA performed Aladdin on Ice at the Pleasure Beach last December.

The donation will give around 45 young people the chance to attend a camp 
during the spring half term in the Forest of Bowland.

It will see the youngsters taking part in rock climbing, canoeing and raft building.

Laurance Hancock, general manager of the club, said: “In 2014 we will be able to take more kids away on holiday than ever before and part of this is from access to this money.

“It’s quite heart-warming these people want to recognise the good work we have done and want to support us.

“It is money like this that has enabled us to go from being a once a week club in a church hall, to something which has seven paid members of staff, is a registered charity and open seven days a week.”

Kerry Ashton, chairman of BIDCA, said: “We have been going for 75 years and have always been based in Blackpool.

“We wanted to keep this year’s charity as close to our door step as possible, and thought our money would be best placed going somewhere like this.”

The Boathouse Youth is a charity based at the former South Shore library, on Lytham Road.

It opened to the youth of Bloomfield ward in 2010, and ran activities at St Peter’s church hall.

The club has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds from a range of charitable organisations, including Sport England and Wooden Spoon.

Since moving into its new home in May 2013, the club is open seven days a week to the area’s youngsters.