Youth club get pack­ing ahead of big move

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

PREST­BURY Youth Club mem­bers gave shop­pers a help­ing hand pack­ing their bags in the club’s lat­est fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive for its new home.

The de­ter­mined packers raised £326.60 with an eight hour shift as­sist­ing peo­ple do­ing their gro­cery shop­ping at Mor­risons in Poynton.

Mem­bers of the youth club lost their old home, Ford House, in 2008 when the 19th cen­tury build­ing was de­clared un­fit on health and safety grounds.

They have since or­gan­ised a num­ber of events to get the cash they need for their new home at Bollin Grove, which they will share with AFC Prest­bury U15 foot­ball team, who will use the pitch there.

April Green, chair of the club, said: “We packed bags from 10am till 6pm and thanks to the very gen­er­ous and sup­port­ive cus­tomers raised £326.60.

“It was a fab­u­lous re­sult with teams of kids sup­ported a bit by a par­ent or two, as we didn’t want the tins packed on top of the salad!”

The club raised more than £4,500 at a din­ner and auc­tion at Prest­bury restau­rant Bac­chus last month.

The event was hosted by for­mer Corona­tion Street ac­tor Char­lie Law­son, who played Jim McDon­ald in the soap.

Club mem­bers and staff have raised more than £86,000 so far but need to raise an­other £35,000 for new equip­ment for the club. The next fundraiser will be a Grand Jum­ble Sale at Prest­bury Vil­lage Hall on Satur­day, July 2, which will in­clude a raf­fle prize of a Mor­risons ham­per.

The su­per­mar­ket has also do­nated some of its end of line clothes for the cause. To do­nate your own items con­tact Annette on 07814003910.

April added: “Mor­risons Poynton are very com­mu­nity minded and are also con­sid­er­ing sup­port­ing our project with their Mor­risons Foun­da­tion fund, monies raised from the 5p car­rier bag charge, which is then used for good causes.”

AFC Prest­bury U15 club mem­ber Ge­orge Barker is also fundrais­ing for the cause by tak­ing on the Bolling­ton 10K run on Au­gust 28 for the project.

Do­nate at crowd­fund­ing.justgiv­ing. com/Ge­orge-Barker.

●● Bag packers (l-r) in­cluded Nicky and Tilly Melvin, Sarah and Holly Hurst, Kathryn and Har­riet Bar­wick, and Lucy Green

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