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Sunderland ‘Stake Awake’ night to raise money for youth project

Youngsters from the Jubilee Centre Launch Pad Group who were taking part in a sponsored sleep-over to raise funds to buy new equipment.

Youngsters from the Jubilee Centre Launch Pad Group who were taking part in a sponsored sleep-over to raise funds to buy new equipment.

IT was a sleepless night for youth club members as they tried to pot themselves cash.

In a bid to raise money to buy two new pool tables, a group of youngsters and youth workers from the Launch Pad Youth Zone project in Sunderland held a sponsored Stay Awake night.

Based at Farringdon Jubilee Centre, Launch Pad caters for young people, up to the age of 19, giving them a place of their own to meet and hold a huge range of activities.

Jemma Amer, general manager at the Allendale Road centre, said the group has been going for five years and the original pool tables are starting to fall apart.

She said the tables will cost about £1,100 to buy. Sunderland City Council has donated £500 from the community chest and the young people from Launch Pad are raising the rest.

She said: “They have been doing lots of fund-raising activities such as raffles and things and have raised around £300 so far. One of the kids came up with the idea of holding the Stay Awake and asked family and friends to sponsor them.”

Three adult youth workers joined the 20 young people, aged 11 to 19, and everyone managed to keep their eyes open for the full 12 hours, from 8pm to 8am.

Jemma said: “A few of them started flagging at around 5am, but they all made it through to the end. They did really well. I think they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well.”

For more details about the Launch Pad, log onto www.jubileecentre.net/launch.html or ring 522 8447.

 

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