Teenagers restore Land Rover for holiday fun

PCSO Ben Harrington, Andy Hunt, Stuart Coote, Martyn Kennett, Sam Bacon and Daisy Kilbon with their Land Rover.
PCSO Ben Harrington, Andy Hunt, Stuart Coote, Martyn Kennett, Sam Bacon and Daisy Kilbon with their Land Rover.

A LAND Rover rebuilt by youngsters in Sutton Bridge as part of a project to cut down on anti-social behaviour will be used to send deprived children on holidays.

Police, fire and youth workers worked with a team of 13 to 17-year-olds from the village to revamp a “battered and bruised” Land Rover Station Wagon 110 Defender in a South Holland District Council workshop.

Police Community Support Officer Ben Harrington said: “There have been problems with anti-social behaviour in Sutton Bridge so we were looking for something specific for the kids to do. A few of the kids said they wanted to do something with cars.”

“We were going to pass it to a charity working in Africa but they no longer needed it, so I started trawling the internet and was delighted to learn that this particular vehicle was on another charity’s wish-list.”

Mechanic Stuart Coote added: “I am proud of the group and would work with them anytime and do what I can to support them.”

The mainstays of the team have been 16-year-olds Karl Tear, Sam Bacon and Martyn Kennett, Daisy Kilbon (14) and Anthony Hughes (15). Teenagers Matthew Fuller and Ryan Gowler were also involved. Their work is accredited with an Asdan qualification.

Anthony said: “This has given me new skills in working on a Land Rover, working as a team and getting on with a different variety of people.”

Now the team is preparing to take it down to Portsmouth, Hampshire, to hand over the keys to new owners, The Second Chance Children’s Charity, which works with children from difficult and complex backgrounds.

From there, charity workers will ship the Land Rover out to Finland where it will be used to transport youngsters.