Peterborough Soup Kitchen was chosen by seven local youngsters, as the charity they wanted to benefit from the sale of raffle tickets. We were contacted by Hayley Dawson from Peterborough City Council’s Connexions 8-19 service in the summer of 2010.
They had been awarded £6,000 Connecting Communities Government funding in January 2010 to work with the young people from Peterborough; called the Modify project.
The youngsters, at risk of not being at work, education or training had worked on this project. The young people have been involved at every stage, from purchasing the black 2002 Citroen Saxo, managing the budget, working with staff from Ice Direct to modify the car, choosing the charity and organising the raffle.
They raised an amazing £1,745 by selling thousands of £2 raffle tickets, mainly on Bridge Street, on 2 Saturdays in October.
The winner was Sarah Pointer from March, who received the Saxo. She was so very pleased as she wanted a small car. She said “I’ve never won anything before, so this is just great.”
Jacqueline Ormston, one of the advisors on the project, said: “These young people are helping to raise money for an extremely worthwhile cause and at the same time have improved their employability skills, an enhanced CV and help to make the transition to post 16 opportunities .” Six of the seven youngsters on the project are now on a college course, and another is seeking an apprenticeship with ICE Direct.
This has been a win-win project for all involved.