Fun reward for helping estate

Youngsters at the Cherwell Centre with some souvenirs of their time at Waddecar.
Youngsters at the Cherwell Centre with some souvenirs of their time at Waddecar.
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UNDERPRIVILEGED youngsters have helped improve their estate through a range of volunteering projects.

Children at the Cherwell Club on Grange Park, have undertaken schemes such as litter picking and allotment work in the past year.

Some 36 of the club’s members, aged between six and 16, were rewarded with a weekend trip to the Waddecar Scouts Activity Centre, in Goosnargh, near Preston.

Organiser Maureen Horn said: “It means a lot to them because for some of them it’s the only holiday of the year.

“We’re in a recession and sometimes it’s difficult for parents.

“Grange Park is an island surrounded by main roads and it’s important to get some of these kids off the estate to show them they can go to other places.”

To fund the trip the club raised money through a number of different events.

Several Fylde businesses and organisations also provided sponsorship – including Java Cafe, Solar Tech Elec, Christ the King Social Centre, and Peek A Booze bar.

Maureen added the trip, which has been run annually by the club since 2008, proved a vital bonding experience for those children involved.

She said: “It was absolutely fantastic and through getting all the sponsorship we were able to do all the activities.

“They go away as little individuals but come back as one big family.

“It’s phenomenal to see them develop over the weekend and come back like that.”

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