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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Cumbria fund’s £1,000 boost will take youth centre into new league

Young people in a Cumbria town are to benefit from a £1,000 donation so they can take part in more activities.

Millom Recreation Centre’s Youth Zone has received £1,000 as part of the monthly cheque presentations by the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund.

The money was raised at an annual celebrity chef event held in Dalton, hosted and sponsored by Clarence House Country Hotel and Restaurant.

Marion Giles, a director of Millom Recreation Centre, in Lancashire Road, put the Youth Zone forward for the award.

Mrs Giles formed Youth Zone around 16 months ago as a result of there being no youth provision in the area.

The club runs on Saturday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm and offers a place where the youth of Millom can meet up, chat, listen to music and also take part in traditional youth activities, such as table tennis and football.

The Youth Zone is generally used by 11 to 14-year-olds.

Mrs Giles said the £1,000 will help to ensure the Youth Zone can continue with this provision, as well as providing monthly film nights, pamper evenings for young girls, laser quest for the boys and other youth-related events.

She said the provision was helping to support the long-term development of the town, adding that the club gave young people something positive to do at the weekends and helped prevent a culture of hanging about.

Mrs Giles, a fitness instructor, said Youth Zone was very grateful for the donation.

She said: “Youth Zone is very popular we have more than 30 young people on a Saturday night.

“There was nothing for them to do on a Saturday and we had a centre that was not being used and they are now making very good use of it.

“We have all the facilities for them to use here and it is a safe place for them to socialise, listen to music or take part in sport.”

Mrs Giles said the volunteers listened to the young people’s suggestions and as a result they were looking to introduce boxercise and zumba.

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