Hartlepool youth club pots a cash boost from Masons

SUPPORT: John Bartram (right) tries his hand at pool with youth club member Lewis Thesby, mason Kevin Dixon and Ian Bell of the Kilmarnock Road centre
SUPPORT: John Bartram (right) tries his hand at pool with youth club member Lewis Thesby, mason Kevin Dixon and Ian Bell of the Kilmarnock Road centre

A FLEDGLING youth club has been given a boost thanks to generous Masons.

The club for youngsters in Owton Manor, in Hartlepool, received a £200 donation towards new games equipment.

It is all about participation and trying to get the young people to organise, plan and review what goes on.

Ian Bell

It will be put towards a new pool table and table tennis equipment.

The club, which meets at the Kilmarnock Road Children and Family Centre, caters for children and young people aged from five to 18.

They recently welcomed Hartlepool masons John Bartram and Kevin Dixon to receive the donation and show them around.

Ian Bell, who runs the youth club for older youths, said: “We are very grateful to them for their generous donation.

“We would like to say a big thank you from all the staff and young people who use the centre.”

The club is still finding its feet after launching last September.

It aims to be a place for youngsters to get away from their problems.

And they have a key say and hand in the activities they want to take part in.

Over Easter they will take part in paint balling fun and are trying to raise money for a visit to the local Wet and Wild.

Ian added: “It is all about participation and trying to get the young people to organise, plan and review what goes on.”

John Bartram, who represented the Hartlepool Masonic Benevolent Association, said: “One hundred pounds came from the Harte Lodge and the other half from the benevolent association.

“We have supported a number of youth organisations and other good causes. If we can help people this way that is what we are here for.

“This centre is giving youngsters somewhere to go and something to do which can only be good.

“It helps to keep them off the streets and out of any trouble and at the same time enjoying themselves.”

The club is open for children aged eleven to 18 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-9pm.