‘Help us out or we might close,’ says youth club

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Donington Youth Club leaders have sent out a stark “help us or lose us” message to parents in the village.

More than 50 youngsters aged between seven and 19 attend the youth club and an associated junior club on Mondays and Fridays respectively during the school term.

But there are only four youth leaders who supervise and a desperate appeal has gone out from club managers for more people to support them or else the clubs may not reopen in September.

Youth club leader Becky Burrell (21) said: “We’ve finished for the summer but we’re just asking for people who can help whenever they can to give us some extra pairs of hands.

“Sometimes, we have only two or three people to look after 30 to 50 kids who attend each week and that’s not enough to attend to them.

“The number of kids who do come shows how much they enjoy it and we’ve always had good feedback from them.

“It would be such a shame if the clubs had to close and at the end of the day, the kids would be the ones most affected.”

Donington Youth Club’s current leadership took over in 2009 and provide a host of activities for youngsters from Donington, Quadring and Swineshead, including arts, crafts, cookery and sports.

Margaret Wright, chairman of the youth club’s management committee, said: “The club is flourishing but unfortunately there aren’t enough people ready to step up to the mark.

“It’s really the mums and dads of the children who come to the youth club who we want to give a couple of hours once a month.”

To volunteer, call Becky on 07511 750609 or Margaret on 01775 820212.