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Event : New Minibus for LABGC!

After almost two years of fundraising and thanks to a £15,500 from the Asda Foundation through working with Asda Store Lancaster,  Lancashire Boys and Girls Club have taken delivery of a brand new minibus.

 The bus was desperately needed to replace a very tired and increasingly costly and unreliable bus which has served the association and many thousands of young people from both the Lancaster and Lancashire district for the last 10 years covering over 110,000 miles, transporting over 750 young people in just 7 months in 2012.

 In its first two weeks, the bus has taken activities to a rural youth club in Pilling, Lancashire, transported groups of young volunteers to the Eden valley to do voluntary work at Ormside Mill residential centre, helped a voluntary run youth club from Warton, Lancaster to transport a group of young people for a two day activity residential in Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, and transported a group of young people from Burnley and Fleetwood to explore Caves in Ingleton, and is already booked up by groups in the Lancaster area to support their activities over the coming months.

Becky Hedgcock, Deputy County Organiser at Lancashire Boys and Girls Club who led the funding drive said ‘The bus is fantastic and the young people were over the moon when I picked them up during its ‘maiden voyage’ just the day after we collected it. It will make a huge difference to our ability to support the transportation of many thousands of young people for many years to come, in terms of not just reliability and comfort but most importantly the latest safety features.’

 Lancashire Boys and Girls Club support 50 youth clubs and projects across the Lancashire palatine enabling young people, many from very deprived backgrounds to access positive and supportive activities they would not otherwise get the chance to do. In 2014 around 5500 young people were given access to activities that support them into a positive future and divert them from more anti-social and negative leisure time activities.

 

Asda Foundation confirmed their pledge to support the purchase once funding was received from the Cloth Workers Foundation and Skelton Bounty Trust during 2014 and early 2015.

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