Gift of car is just the ticket for youth centre

Julie Marshall, project worker with the Manor West Youth Project, with Paul Atkinson and the car that is to be raffled
Julie Marshall, project worker with the Manor West Youth Project, with Paul Atkinson and the car that is to be raffled

A YOUTH centre is hoping to keep youngsters on the right road after putting a car up as a raffle prize.

Manor West Youth Project, in Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, provides a wide range of activities for young members from across the town aged between eight and 19.

The organisation relies heavily on donations from fundraising events, and the coffers look poised to be boosted thanks to a kind donation from town-based garage owner Paul Atkinson.

Paul has handed over a W-reg second-hand Vauxhall Zafira car to be used as a raffle prize for the centre.

He said: “I’ve been close to a lot of people working there for ages, and I like the work they are doing.

“They put a lot of business my way as I’ve been servicing their cars and minibuses for years, so I thought, why not give something back?

“It’s all for a good cause and I’m happy to help.

“Hopefully the chance to win the car will encourage a few people to buy tickets and it would be lovely if they could make a decent amount of money from it.”

The seven-seater 11-year-old car has 55,000 miles on the clock and recently sailed through its MOT.

All funds raised from the sale of raffle tickets for the car will be used to help the growth and development of the youth centre.

Project worker Julie Marshall said: “Every penny we get will help the centre to keep providing free and fun things for young people in the area to do.

“In particular we’ll be able to keep our Saturday Night Breakaway project going, which offers three hours of free activities with qualified coaches for young people.

“The activities range from sports like football, table tennis and basketball to alternative things like street dance, nail art and rock bands.

“There’s something on offer for everyone.”

Raffle tickets cost £20 and can be purchased directly from the centre.

For more information, contact Julie at Manor West Centre (01429) 273123.