Burnham-On-Sea youth club's crowd-funding campaign
MP James Heappey has given his backing to the town's Zone Youth
Club this week at the launch of a crowd-funding scheme to save the
group from closure.
club held a fundraising cinema screening at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz
Cinema at the weekend and has launched a big crowd-funding campaign
to raise enough cash to secure its long-term future. It follows
the recent withdrawal of council funding.
first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the club - which is based
at the BAY Centre in Cassis Close - was set to shut at the end of
2016 when its funding from the Town Council ran out. However, as
in December, town councillors temporarily extended the funding.
The Zone Youth Club's committee now aims to secure the future of
the organisation - and Saturday's film screening at The Ritz Cinema
in Burnham-On-Sea was the first of several events.
David Sinclair, pictured here with the MP, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"James Heappey gave an inspiring speech at our cinema screening,
thanking everyone for supporting the youth in their community and
the parents who have taken up volunteer roles on our committee to
run the club."
would like to thank the 50 people who came along and bought raffle
tickets, helping to raise over £160, which is fantastic. A
big thank you goes to The Ritz for allowing us to host this event
and thanks too to everyone who is supporting us - we really appreciate
the event we launched our crowdfunding site which is a way for anyone
to donate money to the club for a reward, such as a voucher for
fish and chips, will writing, hypnotherapy, massages, personal training
or life patronage to the club."
visit our site here
which is running for a month. The next big event for the club will
be a concert with up-and-coming singer Rich Cottell on March 14th
at the Bay Centre."
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com why he's supporting the
campaign: "The Zone Youth Club has predominantly had to take
fundraising into its own hands after the withdrawal of public funding.
It's reassuring, though, the Somerset County Council are going to
fund the youth worker and to pay for the premises. It's also great
that the local Rotary Club and others have made grants to the club
and the Town Council will do so hopefully too."
it is funded, it is really important that the kids of Burnham-On-Sea
have somewhere that isn't home and that isn't school where there's
organised activity that they can do and be supported in. Some kids
do it for fun to hang our with their mates, but some others really
need that support and that's the real value of a youth club like
this. Some kids will need it for serious reasons and that's why
we need youth clubs in our community."
Zone Youth Club meets at Burnham's Bay Centre on Tuesdays from 3.30pm-5.30pm
and is aimed at children aged 11-16.