Youth club’s £50k appeal grows thanks to John – can you help too?

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 March 2017

Former Yatton Youth Club worker John Morris.

Former Yatton Youth Club worker John Morris.

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A village youth club says it is ‘overwhelmed’ by the response it has received to its plea to raise £50,000 for repair works to its building.

Yatton Youth Club is hoping to raise the money to pay for substantial repair works to its HQ in Rock Road, and its appeal has been met with generosity since it launched at the end of 2016.

The youth club has announced one particular donation it is grateful for came from the family of former youth club worker John Morris, who died in January.

Mr Morris agreed before his death that any donations received at his funeral should be donated to the club, and some £600 was raised for the organisation after he died.

Mr Morris’ family, along with the youth club, praised his commitment to the club.

They told the Mercury: “Not only was John an amazing youth worker with a wealth of youth work experience from around the country, he was a cheery chappie with an amazing sense of humour.

“He was an amazing youth worker and even now he continues to impact young people’s lives, requesting that the gifting from his funeral go towards the youth club’s refurbishment.”

The youth club also said it felt honoured to have been thought of by Mr Morris and his family during such a difficult time.

Youth club leader Niccy Hook told the Mercury the £600 means the club has now raised £6,000 for its refurbishment and it hoped the first phase of work would start during the summer holidays.

She said: “The youth club has been overwhelmed by the amount of donations from individuals, local businesses, charities and clubs.

“It has had a staggering impact on the young people Yatton Youth Club works alongside and long may it continue.

“Although we are still a long way off from hitting our target of £50,000, we want to say a massive thank you for all donations received so far – amounting to more than £6,000 to date – as we continue in our quest.”

For more information on Yatton Youth Club’s appeal or to donate to the cause, contact Niccy Hook on 07706 381744 or email youthworker.yatton@outlook.com

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