Youth club kids clean up for Comic Relief

in a lather ... All Saints' Community Association youth club members working on a car.
in a lather ... All Saints' Community Association youth club members working on a car.

YOUNGSTERS in South Tyneside cleaned up for Comic Relief.

About 20 members of the Inters youth club at All Saints’ Community Association in West Harton, South Shields, manned a pop-up car-wash for the charity and raised £200.

The event took place at Chuter Ede Community Centre in Galsworthy Road, Biddick Hall, South Shields, between 10am and 1pm on Saturday.

There was a queue of cars snaking out of the centre car park throughout the day, since hailed as a success by its organisers.

Youth worker and All Saints centre manager Jason Meiers said: “It was a great day.

“The teenagers from the youth club wanted to do something for Red Nose Day, and someone came up with the car-wash idea.”

He added: “It gave them a chance to raise some money and was something that would benefit people in the area they come from.

“They raised a good amount, but it was tough. We all had red noses after about five minutes because it was so cold!”

There was no set fee for a wash, but drivers were asked to make a donation towards Comic Relief, which raises money to tackle poverty around the world. To date, 15,786 projects have been funded in the UK with cash from the charity.

Mr Meiers added: “We all had a great day, as well as raising money for a brilliant cause.

“It was good way of showing people that teenagers from the West Shields area can do something positive and want to get involved in activities.

“When we were finished, we had refreshments and hot dogs for the group, and we opened the youth club on the night. They deserved it after the work they put in.”

This year’s Comic Relief extravaganza, now in its 25th year, raised more than £75m.

Stunts held on Friday included singer Jessie J shaving off her hair and music mogul Simon Cowell walking down the aisle and rejecting advances from David Walliams, Louis
Walsh, Dermot O’Leary and Olly
Murs, only to end up marrying himself.

Ricky Gervais resurrected the character of David Brent from The Office, and there were also reprises of television shows The Vicar Of Dibley and Call The Midwife.

The televised event was hosted by a string of celebrities, including Davina McCall, John Bishop and Jonathan Ross, and there was also an appearance by Comic Relief co-founder Lenny Henry.

X Factor winner Joe McElderry also got involved in the fundraising fun.

The South Shields singer, 21, made a cameo appearance in a spoof music video by workers at a branch of Sainsbury’s in Heaton Newcastle.

In the clip, staff members perform versions of hits by North-East pop stars including Jimmy Nail, Sting and Cheryl Cole.

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