Yatton Youth Club handed £10,000 by anonymous donor

PUBLISHED: 17:25 31 May 2017

Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.

Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.

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Yatton Youth Club's staff and volunteers have been left overwhelmed after somebody anonymously donated £10,000 to help pay for repairs to its building.

Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.

An appeal to raise £50,000 was launched in November to transform the centre in Rock Road, and to bring it up to a higher standard following years without serious investment.

A series of fundraisers have helped, but shocked staff only realised that one selfless person had made an incredible donation when they received a letter from the bank.

Youth worker Niccy Hook said: “It was quite emotional – it just appeared in our bank account.”

The youth club opened in the 1950s but in recent years cuts to funding have meant there was little surplus money left to maintain the building.

Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.

North Somerset Council axed its support for youth services back in April 2012, meaning the club’s funding was significantly reduced.

Niccy said Yatton Parish Council has ‘generously’ funded its activities since, but admitted it needs the community’s help to pay for the building improvements which are desperately needed.

The first phase of the work will begin over the school holidays and will see the insulation improved.

Attention will then turn to improving the toilets and installing a disabled cubicle too.

Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.Yatton Youth Club in Rock Road holding an open day.

The kitchen will be made bigger and it will mean cookery sessions can be run more easily.

Niccy said: “We want it to look and feel more modern.”

To make those plans possible however, she appreciates the public have to be very generous in their support of its appeal.

She said: “The whole community has been amazing and people ring with everything from a fiver (to donate) to £500.

“It really warms your cockles. It’s lush to get this kind of support.”

An open day was held at the centre on Sunday morning, featuring crafts and football, and the club will be continuing its fundraising efforts next month with a car wash at Yatton Methodist Church’s car park. It will run from 10am-2pm on June 24, ahead of the village carnival.

* Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal can contact Niccy by emailing youthworker.yatton@outlook.com

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