Jarrow teens help boost charity funds with walk

Young people hand over the cheque following their charity walk
Young people hand over the cheque following their charity walk

Young people have put their best foot forward to march part of a historic route in aid of charity.

The group - from a Jarrow youth project - joined forces to walk 10-miles along Hadrians Wall.

Young people take on Hadrians Wall walk

Young people take on Hadrians Wall walk

They were raising money for St Vincent De Paul - which aims to support and help people in need.

The walk was organised by NE Youth - a north east organisation which supports youth groups across the region - and almost 200 young people from a number of different youth groups walked different sections of the Roman Wall from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway - an 84 mile route.

The five young people from Jarrow - Shay Simpson, Kayla Ford, Simone Cairns and Olivia Jackson, joined up with a group from Howden to trek from Robin Hoods Inn to Chollerford - raising £310 for the charity.

Don Irving form YMCA North Tyneside said “The St Vincent de Paul group were absolutely delighted to receive the cheque from the young people. In fact, it was quite emotional.

The St Vincent de Paul group were absolutely delighted to receive the cheque from the young people.

Don Irving

“They said they were delighted, surprised and overwhelmed by the generosity of the young people. They spent some time talking to them in the youth group and said they were all a credit to Jarrow.”

The youth project was set up four years ago by Big Local Central Jarrow with the help of £1m cash from the Big Lottery.

It was after the partnership board local residents identified a need for support for children and young people in the area. In its first year they commissioned a youth project with YMCA North Tyneside.

The Youth Project holds two weekly groups on a Friday evening and a Saturday lunch time. The young people have been involved in a host of activities from art projects, cooking and trips out to European Exchange Visits.

The Big Local Central Jarrow Partnership Board is now into its fifth year.

Money is to be used to make a massive and lasting difference to the community over the next decade to help make the area of Jarrow an even better place to live.

The ideas are driven by residents who are supported in their venture to identify priorities and plan how to invest the cash.

Big Local is funded through a Big Lottery Fund investment and managed by Local Trust,

If you would like to find out more or how to get involved in the youth group contact Warren on 07522365460