Community day to help save club

Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre supporters
Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre supporters

BOSSES at a community centre are urging young and old to show their support for a youth club at a fun day this week.

Staff at Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, are putting the final touches to their community fun day, which will include a bungee jump, to help raise funds to stop the youth club from falling into financial problems.

The event is due to take place at the centre on Saturday between 10am-4pm.

Organisers have arranged a variety of stalls and visitors will be able to take part in a range of activities, including a bouncy castle, having their faces painted, trying their hand at football skill games and enjoying music inside a marquee.

The youth club currently provides activities throughout the week for around 250 young people, aged five to 19-years-old.

The centre will be open as normal on the day, but the main attraction will be a bungee jump – for those brave enough to take part.

Centre manager Gordon Larkin said the youth club is facing an uncertain future as a result of the national spending cuts and the centre needs to raise its own funds to continue.

Mr Larkin said: “The community fun day is open to everyone and I would urge as many people as possible to come along and support the youth club.

“The centre’s youth club is very popular and its future is in jeopardy because funding is harder to come by due to the national spending cuts. We now have to raise our own funds to help it continue.

“The community fun day is a great way of doing that and we hope to see as many people as possible come along – and try their hand at bungee jumping.”

Organisers are still on the look-out for 75 volunteers to do the sponsored 160ft bungee jump from a crane.

So far 60 people have signed up to the challenge, but more spaces are available. Each jumper will need to raise £100 as the cost per jump is about £65. Thirty five pounds will be donated to the youth club.

Any extra money can be donated to each jumper’s charity or group of choice.

Businesses are also being sought to sponsor the day-long event and to donate raffle prizes.

The community day comes a fortnight after staff members, family and friends dived into the sea at Seaton Carew as part of a Valentine’s Day dip to raise about £500 for the youth club.

Organisers have thanked Housing Hartlepool, the Community Safety Youth Opportunity Fund, Manor West Centre, Endeavour, Hartlepool Carers, Rift House East Residents’ Association and the Guinness Trust for their help and support.

For more information about the community day call the centre on (01429) 221832.