Donation by youngsters

Pictured following the presentation at St Mark's Church Community Centre, Clavering, are members of the Residents Association of Clavering and Hart Station who are shown with some of the young people who attended the Clavering Play Area event.
Pictured following the presentation at St Mark's Church Community Centre, Clavering, are members of the Residents Association of Clavering and Hart Station who are shown with some of the young people who attended the Clavering Play Area event.

KIND-HEARTED youngsters who organised a fun-day for local residents have served up another treat for the community.

Hundreds of people turned out at Clavering play area for the action-packed event last week which was organised by youngsters from the area.

And not only did the young people ensure residents had a fantastic time with a host of activities including a climbing wall, a speed cage and fire brigade display, they also raised £92 thanks to a tombola and cake stall.

The kind-hearted youngsters provided a boost to the local community when they handed the cash over to the Residents’ Assocation of Clavering and Hart Station yesterday.

Liam Checksfield, 13, one of the youngsters who organised the day, said: “We enjoyed organising the fun day and were really pleased that so many people came along.

“Our aim was to show that there are lots of young people in the Clavering area who are not involved in anti-social behaviour and who are playing a very positive role in the local community.

“Also, we hope we have shown the young people who are involved in anti-social behaviour that there are much better ways of spending their time and some great activities they can get involved with.”

Bob Steel, chair of the Residents’ Association of Clavering and Hart Station, added: “There are lots of adverse comments made about the behaviour of young people today, yet there is just a small minority which falls into that category.

“By organising the marvellous fun day, young people in our area have shown a lot of care and compassion for the rest of the community.

“The money they have raised will give our funds a much-needed boost and we’ll certainly put it to a very good use which benefits local residents of all ages.”

The fun day was part of a six-month project by local organisations the West View Project, the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre and Headland Future to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the Clavering area which has been funded by the Community Action Against Crime Innovation Fund (CAACIF) and Community Gains.

The day also featured dancing and fitness taster sessions and an It’s A Knockout style competition involving 60 children and teenagers which was organised by Hartlepool Borough Council.