Project into national final to win new house

A CRAMLINGTON organisation supporting young people has made it through to the national finals of a competition.

Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project is now making a plea for public support as it chases the top prize of a £250,000 home.

It is already guaranteed a runner-up cash donation after it won through the regional final to go up against 23 other charities from across the UK in a national public vote.

The project works to improve the social and personal development of young people in the area.

Robert Hall MBE, executive manager of the charity, said: “It’s fantastic news to make the national final.

“We would love for the whole of the north east to get voting for us to support our cause.

“Approximately 250 to 400 children and young people from all different backgrounds attend our centre each week, including more than 150 young people with special needs.

“In the current climate of cuts to funding, sustaining new and innovative programmes is more difficult than ever, but we’re determined to do all we can to stabilise the futures of young people in the local and surrounding areas.”

Persimmon Homes, one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by giving away the house, plus a further £138,000 in cash prizes.

The charity with the most votes will win the brand new three-bedroom detached house with garage valued at £250,000, while the 23 runners up will each receive £6,000.

Established in 1990, Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project has guided hundreds of young people each year through schemes like the Open College Network, Princes Trust, John Muir Award, Youth Achievements, Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and NGB Awards.

Multiple volunteers and trainees have also gained qualifications including National Governing Body certification and National Awards such as The Queens Award and The Diana Award.

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The winner will be announced at a lunch on September 27 at Kensington Roof Gardens, London.