Published: March 4, 2013
Plans for Burnham-On-Sea summer youth parade receive cash boost

Plans to hold a Burnham-On-Sea youth parade through the streets of the town this summer have been given a boost by a national youth initiative.

Burnham resident Jonathan Smith, 21, applied for funding from mobile phone giant O2’s Think Big scheme and has been granted £300 to help him organise the event, which will expand on last year's successful Jubilee parade (pictured here).

Jonathan is inviting youngsters from local youth groups to take part in the parade this July to showcase musical and dance talents in a way which involves the local community.

The event will be held on 13th July and will begin at Burnham's Manor Gardens and continue along the seafront to Burnham beach where young people will perform for the public to watch.

The funding has come from mobile phone giant O2’s Think Big initiative which supports young people across the UK to transform their creativity and passions into projects that benefit local communities through money, support and training.

The initiative works by putting cash directly in the hands of young people and supporting them to use the money in a way that delivers a positive impact in their local area.

In addition to the financial support, Jonathan will receive training and mentoring from experienced professionals to give him a hand in tackling the issues of negative perceptions against young people.

Jonathan, right, told "I’m thrilled to get the chance to turn my idea into a reality. The money will come in very useful to close down the local roads and hire a PA system to really make the parade a success. I’m really excited to get stuck into the project."

Bill Eyres, head of O2 Think Big, added: "Young people are brimming with ideas, passion and enthusiasm and we want to encourage all of that exciting creativity. Jonathan impressed us with his commitment to making a real difference to his local community and we wish him every success in what’s a really worthwhile project."

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