Richmond YMCA are urging the local community to raise money for their charity so that they can offer additional services to young people in the area.
Chief Executive, Ken Allinson, said: “We were delighted when we heard about our successful Lottery award as it means we can start delivering additional services for young people which include a new drop in Youth Centre available 12 hours a day, as well as an IT and internet room, plus a training kitchen.
"However, one of the other project funders has insisted we raise £3000 locally and so all the building work is on hold, which is really frustrating. And what’s worse if we don’t start the work in the next few months then we will lose the lottery money.”
The YMCA hope that local organisations will be able to make a contribution and that local people will hold fundraising events to help raise the money.
Richmond YMCA has been supporting young people locally since the Great War providing advice and support and reducing youth homelessness.
“We have this fantastic opportunity to develop much needed services in Richmond, so we hope that organisations, businesses and the community will find ways to support our efforts,” continued Mr Allinson.
To find out more or to become a Friend of Richmond YMCA contact Ken Allinson on 01748 824110 or go to www.richmondymca.co.uk