All aboard charity’s new bus

Harborough District Children and Young People's Charity has purchased a new Chill Out Bus
Harborough District Children and Young People's Charity has purchased a new Chill Out Bus

A charity which provides services for young people in the Harborough area has purchased a new bus to help spread its message.

HCYC was set up three years ago to run the Chill Out Bus Project, which brings much-needed play and youth work activities and support into rurally isolated and disadvantaged communities.

The charity said: “Thanks to the support of local funders, Leicestershire County Council, and the fundraising efforts of a team of local young volunteers through a National Citizen Service (NCS) project, the charity has been able to replace the aging vehicle with a newer model.

“The young volunteers, aged 15 to 17, completed a sponsored cycle, cake sale, and Active Story Telling sessions during the Harborough by the Sea festival.”

Sian Ponting, chairman of the charity trustees said: “We were bowled over by the NCS young people’s enthusiasm and the generous response they received from members of the local community.

“These donations were added to a fabulous donation from the Market Harborough Building Society, and a Social Enterprise (SEDA) award from the London Community Foundation through Santander to help us to purchase a redundant vehicle from the County Council.”

The new Chill Out Bus can be seen at the charity’s forthcoming annual meeting which takes place on Friday, November 6, from 10am to midday at The Symington Building in Harborough.

The meeting is open to the general public and guests will be able to hear about the work of the charity over the last year, as well as meet staff and trustees.

The vehicle is available to hire for charitable and community purposes. Contact Stella Renwick on stella@hcyc.org.uk or 07769 276750.