Will Fred’s club help our kids? You bet!

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

I HAVE just read an ar­ti­cle about Fred Done (book­maker) and his pro­ject to build a youth club in the Manch­ester area.

As an avid Man City sup­porter he was not on my Christ­mas card list – un­til now.

As a kid grow­ing up af­ter the 1939-45 war things were hard and we kids had to amuse our­selves as best we could, but there was one thing that helped in my area (Cross Lane, Sal­ford) and that was the Al­bert Sch­weitzer Boys Club at the top of our street. It was ev­ery­thing to us. Foot­ball, ta­ble ten­nis, snooker, etc, etc, kept us all busy train­ing and play­ing ev­ery evening and week­ends (no time to get in trou­ble). Then the fi­nances dried up.

I wrote to the pa­pers – the News and Chron­i­cle in those days – and a re­porter in­ter­viewed me and pub­lished an ar­ti­cle with a view to find­ing spon­sor­ship, but it never hap­pened and the club closed.

The kids and the vol­un­teers that ran it were dev­as­tated – the whole of our weekly ac­tiv­i­ties were cut off in an in­stant.

I have thought many times that if I ever won one of those crazy Lottery prizes I would have loved to do what Fred is now do­ing.

Well done Fred, you have my to­tal re­spect. J. Beb­bing­ton, Clifton

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