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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Cash will help young people in Barrow to broaden horizons

YOUNG people, many from deprived backgrounds, will enjoy summer trips away from Furness thanks to a charitable trust giveaway.

IN THE ZONE Evening Mail editor and publisher Jonathan Lee, centre, tries his hand at pool after handing £1,000 on behalf of Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund to members of Drop Zone youth project in Barrow. With him, from left, are Kerri Holmes, Aimee Springthorpe, Jordan Chubb, George Park and manager Cath Corkhill. JON GRANGER REF: 50058857B001

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Youth project charity, Drop Zone, was selected to benefit from the latest donation from the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.

The Evening Mail is helping the trust give away £1,000 each month to good causes and community groups. And the Mail’s editor and publisher, Jonathan Lee, visited Drop Zone’s Cornwallis Street headquarters in Barrow on Friday to present the cheque.

The charity provides a range of activities to raise the aspirations and achievements of young people aged 11 to 21, working in Barrow, Askam and Dalton with more than 600 people a year.

The money will help fund Drop Zone’s summer programme to engage youngsters in positive activities during the holidays.

Many are designed to get young people accredited outcomes, while some will allow them to enjoy a trip away.

Cath Corkill, co-project manager, said: “It’s an amazing amount of money. As well as Barrow, we have groups in Dalton and Askam and it’s going to enable us to take the young people on trips in the summer holidays.

“It’s simple things that they might not have done, like getting on a train. It’s about giving them wider eyes to see there are other things outside of Furness.”

Former Drop Zone user Jordan Chubb, of Ormsgill, is now a paid apprentice with the charity.

The 20-year-old said: “I’m learning the ins and outs of being a youth worker.

“I do the education during the day, working with young people that need an alternative education. And I assist in the drop-in sessions at night time in Barrow, Dalton and Askam.

“It’s fun. I used to come as a young person myself of evenings and when I got told about the position, I jumped at it.”

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