Call to help to re­place club’s di­verted funds

Money raised had to be used for emer­gency work

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A YOUTH club forced to di­vert funds for an ex­ten­sion into fix­ing struc­tural prob­lems with the roof have been given a life­line.

But the club fears for its fu­ture if it can­not re­coup its orig­i­nal fundrais­ing amount.

Lady Hatch, the widow of Sir David Hatch, has given Chal­font St Giles Youth Club, on Nar­cot Lane, a do­na­tion of £1,000.

The youth club spent two years rais­ing £100,000 but had to di­vert £20,000 to re­pair­ing dam­age caused by a leak un­der the roof.

Its in­sur­ance com­pany re­jected the claim say­ing the dam­age was deemed to be on­go­ing and not through a ‘peril’ de­spite the youth club say­ing no ev­i­dence of the leak­age was vis­i­ble in­side the build­ing reg­u­lar main­te­nance been car­ried out.

Speak­ing about her do­na­tion Lady Hatch said: “They’re a won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion and they help out so many young peo­ple in the vil­lage. It’s a place of space and san­ity and fun for these young peo­ple.”

She added: “I just felt sad for them be­cause ev­ery time they get for­ward they just get knocked back.”

Sec­re­tary, Sue Dor­man, said they were forced to use the funds be­cause the club could have ‘closed and never opened again’, adding that they ‘ now need to find the money again’.

Youth leader Suizan Jef­fer­son de­scribed the prospect of the club clos­ing as ‘un­think­able’ as it pro­vides a place of sup­port for all young­sters re­gard­less of back­ground. from and had

HELP­ING HAND: Mem­bers of Chal­font St Giles Youth Club with Lady Mary Hatch who do­nated £1,000 to help the club

She said: “This is a place where the kids can take off the mask they’ve got on and let them­selves be them­selves. The kids to­day have to wear masks and the club al­lows them to take them off.”

And she added that the young club mem­bers, who have done so much fundrais­ing work for other char­i­ties, are now call­ing out for help from the com­mu­nity.

She said: “Chil­dren who are rais­ing money for char­i­ties now need help them­selves.”

If you would like to help, con­tact Suizan Jef­fer­son at new­prismltd@bt­in­ter­net. com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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