Youth club calls for help af­ter struc­tural re­pair bill

£100,000 raised for ex­ten­sion had to be spent on the roof

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­

A YOUTH club is in des­per­ate need of funds af­ter hav­ing to di­vert money raised for a new ex­ten­sion to fix struc­tural prob­lems.

Chal­font St Giles Youth Club, in Nar­cot Lane, spent two years rais­ing more than £100,00 for an ex­ten­sion but this year dis­cov­ered wa­ter had been leak­ing un­der the roof.

An in­sur­ance claim was re­jected as the dam­age was deemed on­go­ing and not a ‘peril’, de­spite the youth club say­ing no ev­i­dence of leak­age was vis­i­ble in­side the build­ing and reg­u­lar main­te­nance had been car­ried out.

Youth leader and trustee Ebony Jef­fer­son, 23, the youngest mem­ber of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee the club has ever had, said: “For two years we worked tire­lessly to raise funds, tak­ing part in com­mu­nity events to sup­port our vil­lage and other com­mu­ni­ties, as well as help­ing raise the pro­file of the club. I know our club has a lot to of­fer – the right amount of love and de­ter­mi­na­tion to help oth­ers is there but peo­ple just need to give us a chance.”

Youth leader Suizan Jef­fer­son said: “Un­for­tu­nately, we are now in des­per­ate need of a fur­ther £20,000-£30,000, most of which is needed to fix prob­lems in the orig­i­nal struc­ture. We had raised this money but, ear­lier this year, we had a dis­as­ter when it was dis­cov­ered that wa­ter had been seep­ing in un­der the roof and this had to be fixed im­me­di­ately, other- wise the club would have been forced to close – and may never have re­opened.”

Any­one wish­ing to make a do­na­tion to help the club sur­vive can con­tact Ebony Jef­fer­son on new­prismltd@bt­in­ter­ or tele­phone 07879 816022.

Visit the youth club web­site at http://www.cs­gy­outh­, for more in­for­ma­tion.


AP­PEAL­ING: Chal­font St Giles youth club leader and trustee Ebony Jef­fer­son, right, pic­tured with Chiltern DC Cllr Mimi Harker

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