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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Chester Youth Club enters the Dragons’ Den for Gambia expedition

Dragons Den
MEMBERS of Chester Youth Club (CYC) faced a panel of business professionals during a Dragons’ Den style pitch to gain funds for their forthcoming expedition to Gambia.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Chester played host to the local ‘Dragons’ and 13 eager CYC members pitched for sponsorship for their overseas expedition and presented the positive long-term effects of their trip.

CYC Youth Coordinator, Linda Eite, says: “The CYC youth activity programme is full of projects that enable our members to fulfil their potential and gain valuable life skills.

“The Gambia 2012 expedition will allow our members to make a real difference to the lives of 12 young Gambian students.”

The members of CYC plan to travel to Kajabang, part of the Gunjur Village situated in rural Gambia, to compete a community project – helping to decorate schools and assisting with activities for the students.

To gain a place on the expedition the young people were required to secure £100 each from the investors to fund 12 months of schooling for a Gambian student.

Linda says: “The Dragons’ Den activity was a big responsibility for the CYC members - without the investment there would be no trip!

“I was extremely proud of the members’ efforts, their pitches were flawless and they responded with maturity when answering individual questions.”

The generous local Dragons consisted of Mel Grundy, Director of Chester’s largest marketing and advertising agency Oakbase; John Thomson Director of Spinney Nursery; Darren Dixon, General Manager of the Club and Spa at Hoole Hall, and DoubleTree by Hilton Chester’s Operations Manager, Peter Hendry.

CYC member Sophie Edwards, aged 14, says: “We’re all so excited for the upcoming expedition. We understand it’s not a holiday and it’s going to be a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it.

“The student I’m supporting is called Binta Shallow. She is 13 and unfortunately her father has passed away. It’s a very rewarding feeling to know that with my help and the kind donation from my investor, Binta will be able to complete her education.

“I can't wait to meet her in Gambia - I'm going to take her a presents to help her finish school. The DoubleTree by Hilton Chester is my sponsor and I can't thank them enough."

The Chester Youth Club is based in Handbridge and has over a 100 children attending each week. The club provides a safe environment for children to socialise and join in on a variety of activities. Log on to www.chesteryouthclub.co.uk for further details.

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