Blend youngsters climb to raise funds

Blend Youth Project.
Blend Youth Project.

YOUNG people from the Blend Youth Project have taken part in a fundraising trek to to top of Mount Snowdon – the highest peak in Wales.

Fourteen young people and three staff from the Youth Project, which has bases in Ripley and Heanor, climbed the 3,560ft high mountain.

They undertook the climb to raise funds to support the on-going work of the youth projects they attend.

Blend, which has bases at Mundy Street in Heanor and Nottingham Road in Ripley, is committed to raising the aspirations and releasing potential of local young people by providing a range of activities and support in which young people can engage.

The project is the youth work arm of local charity Valley CIDS, which aims to build and strengthen the community by supporting children, young people and families through a range of out-reach initiatives.

The charity generates funds through its network of Lighthouse charity shops, investing all profits back into the local communities through children’s work in local schools, breakfast clubs, after-school clubs and the Blend Youth Project centres.

The youngsters had to brave hot weather on their trek on July 27. Money was still being counted this week but is expected to be around £1,200.

Ian Tannahill, head of youth work development’ at Valley CIDS, said: “We are so grateful and proud of the young people who took on this challenge. They showed real grit and determination on a very hot day in Snowdonia and their fundraising efforts will help to support the on-going work of Blend Youth Project.”

“The young people are all regular users of Blend Youth Project who gave up their time to raise funds for the project and in this respect it would great if they could have a little recognition in the community for their effort.”

Blend Youth Project opened in Ripley in 2007 and in Heanor last year as an attempt to address a gap in services for young people in the town and surrounding areas.

It was launched after organisers consulted with more than 300 young people and has been designed with their opinions and suggestions in mind.

The project has also been busy this week, with a gardening event on Monday, August 8, a walk in Cromford the following day and tomorrow, August 12, youngsters will be heading for the coast to Skegness in Lincolnshire.