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Youth group’s help for skate park project

Rob McKeith and Derek Milligan, right, celebrating the opening of Dexx Northeast indoor skatepark.at Pallion.

Rob McKeith and Derek Milligan, right, celebrating the opening of Dexx Northeast indoor skatepark.at Pallion.

VOLUNTEERS are set to do some “wheelie” good work at a skatepark, thanks to hundreds of pounds worth of funding.

The group from Pallion Action Group (Pag) in East Moor Road, will descend on Dexx North East tomorrow help build outdoor skate ramps and clear out a warehouse.

The work is being done with £600 donated to the charity from Sunderland West Area Committee’s Community Chest Fund.

Pag were awarded it so they could stage an activity for the young people who visit the centre in Woodbine Terrace.

Community development worker, Karen Wood, said she also wants those taking part in the volunteering day to give something back to the community, as thanks for the funding.

She said: “It’s such a harsh world at the moment with benefits and finances, we should be working together. It’s about getting together and helping each other.

“The money was given to stage an activity and as part of that, we are promoting volunteering as well.”

Dexx owner Derek Milligan, who is in the process of turning the skate park into a charity, said he is pleased to be providing youngsters with opportunities.

“A lot of the young people who come here are unemployed, so I do think it’s good that they are getting involved.

“They love coming down and helping, so there are a number of things they will be doing.

“It’s pretty much a community group already – we get the same kids coming down all the time.”

Youngsters from Sans Street Youth Centre will also lend a hand at the volunteering day.

Since it opened four months ago, Dexx North East has attracted hundreds of visitors each week.

 

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