Can you support Graham's appeal to launch a new youth club?
PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:16 05 September 2017
A horrific accident which left a young boy blind in one eye has spurred a Weston father to follow a long-held dream to set up a new youth club in the town.
Graham Staddon, aged 36, dreamed of launching N-Gage Youth Centre youth project to support the young people of Weston and Worle.
But Graham became even more determined to see his project through after his eldest son was involved in a life-changing accident.
He said: “He was at a bonfire when someone threw an aerosol on the fire and it exploded. The fire caught him in the face and left him blind in his left eye.
“The whole incident has really affected him and he has been having a tough time but it also opened my eyes.
“Where I live now, I see youngsters hanging around in the street and I wonder what they get up to.
“You hear about these kids who are smoking, drinking and messing around so maybe if I do my bit to help them and give them somewhere to go then people will follow suit.”
He wants to give back to the community which supported him when he was younger and is now looking to the public for help.
Graham grew up on the Bournville and was a regular attendee at a youth club on the estate.
He said: “Having access to a safe environment like that club, where I had somewhere to go, helped me turn my life around.
“I have been thinking about it for a while and I think it is a really good idea to offer something new to young
people to keep them safe, entertained and out of trouble.”
But Graham cannot do it alone; he has been appealing on social media for people to help him get the project off the ground.
He said: “I want to fill the youth club with things for boys and girls; computers, game consoles, pool tables and, in an ideal world, somewhere they can play sports.
“But I need somewhere
to hold it, somewhere which is affordable and appropriate for what I want to do.”
Graham wants to keep the project free for the people who attend and to be volunteer-led.
He has already been in talks with the YMCA, which has given its support to his ambitions.
If you can help, email Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his Facebook page N-Gage Youth Centre youth project.