A little cash really would go a long way

The Boathouse Youth at St Peter's Church, Lytham Road, Blackpool.
The Boathouse Youth at St Peter's Church, Lytham Road, Blackpool.
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A little bit of extra funding could make all the difference to the young people of Blackpool this summer.

That’s according to the leaders of Boathouse Youth, who have applied for some of the money being offered in The Gazette’s Community Giveaway, sponsored by the Swallowdale Children’s Trust.

Volunteer youth leader Kayleigh Smith, who put the Bloomfield ward group’s entry together, said: “It’s coming up to summer, it would just be nice to have something there in place for them to attend.

“It would also be nice if we were able to buy new equipment.

“All the pockets in our pool tables are broken we’ve had them that long.”

Kayleigh, 20, said the money would be spent on the group’s boys club, as the girls’ side of the organisation had recently had some cash support.

She added: “It would be great if we could put on special activities just for them, and workshops and projects around alcohol and drug awareness and sexual health programmes.

“Some have also been asking about doing some cooking. If we could buy some cook books and equipment, they’d love it.”

The money in the Community Giveaway is up for grabs for children’s organisations of any kind.

Boathouse manager Laurance Hancock said: “It’s a big time for Boathouse Youth at the moment because we are in the process of moving into our new building at the former South Shore library which will need equipping, so the Swallowdale funding with certainly help with that.

“Any funding we can get is great.”


To apply for a grant email us at competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk with Swallowdale in the subject field, or write to us at:

Swallowdale Children’s Trust Community Giveaway, The Gazette, c/o LEP, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9ZA, by Friday, May 3.

Tell us in no more than 250 words why you feel you deserve a helping hand from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, how you would use a grant and what a difference it would make to you or your community group.

Applications from individuals must be supported by a letter from an independent person who can verify the veracity of the application.

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