Workmen pitch in free to help

Laurance Hancock of Boathouse Youth Club and electrician  Danny Jones of PEI Delta in Poulton at the club's new home at the old South Shore Library.
Laurance Hancock of Boathouse Youth Club and electrician Danny Jones of PEI Delta in Poulton at the club's new home at the old South Shore Library.
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A youth club is now just weeks away from moving into its new home after kind-hearted builders pitched in to revamp the premises for free.

The Boathouse Youth Club, which provides activities and games to Blackpool youngsters, hopes to move into the former South Shore Library next month to offer youngsters something to do every day of the week.

The group’s relocation from St Peter’s Church Hall, on Lytham Road, will save money on rent and enable bosses to employ more staff to help more children in the resort’s Bloomfield and Waterloo areas.

Laurance Hancock, general manager of the club, said: “It’s looking great and I’m really excited.

“The mezzanine has gone, we’ve had new windows donated and we are just starting to paint.

“Painters and plasterers have been really helpful doing a lot of the work and without them it wouldn’t have been possible.

“We are on a very limited budget here. We were given a quote from one building firm for £125,000, but we’ve done the whole thing for £30,000 because we are project managing this ourselves.”

Paul Potter, 37, a plasterer from Fleetwood, has contributed time to completing the work.

He said: “It’s a good cause and there should be more things like this going on.

“I used to fight and smash things up when I was younger because I was bored, but I joined the Marine cadets and went into the Army.

“These kids need something like this to do.”

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