Generosity helps to replace the youth centre’s losses

Pictured from the left are Victoria King, 14, Charlotte Turner, 15, and Gillian Abbott (right), 15, members of Todmorden Youth Centre, with Jean Hoath
Pictured from the left are Victoria King, 14, Charlotte Turner, 15, and Gillian Abbott (right), 15, members of Todmorden Youth Centre, with Jean Hoath

THE generous response of Todmorden people has restored some faith in human nature for a group of young people.

At the end of last month members of Todmorden Youth Centre were devastated after equipment they had raised money to buy was stolen.

Burglars took a television, a camera and games consoles from the centre at Todmorden Community College and caused a great deal of upset. But they have been given a replacement television and when stylists Stone Hair Art donated two hair styling and colouring sessions, each worth £100, for the group to raffle, a mixture of the young people’s efforts and the public’s wish to support them raised a good some of money to replace things.

With the ticket sale (at Todmorden Market, Stone Hair Art, Todmorden Sports Centre and Todmorden Community College) and raffle having to be held on the same day to meet regulations, they raised £255 in just a few hours, with Trevor Harding of Stone Hair Art calling in at the centre to draw out the two winners on the same evening last Thursday.

Area co-ordinator for upper valley youth groups, Lorraine Daber, said people’s generosity has restored some of their faith in human nature.

“When it happened they were really disgusted and fed up but the response has made them feel part of where they live. It was amazing how professional they were selling tickets and Todmorden people have been amazingly generous,” she said.

They have repaired and strengthened the door and are able to loan a wii and a camera. She praised youth worker Marie Gresty for her tireless efforts encouraging young people who use the centre.

Trevor said the situation had been a sad one and Stone Hair Art was pleased they could help.