Sheer determination leads to ground breaking moment for youth club

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The community young and old turned out to celebrate an important moment in the history of Towcester Youth Coffee House (TYCH) last week.

On Friday, 21 April people gathered to watch TYCH chairman Charlie Fagan and supporters turn the first sod of earth on an extension and refurbishment project.

Ms Fagan thanked the many volunteers, TYCH trustees and organisations that have supported the Coffee House refurbishment and added: "Winston Churchill once said 'success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.' This is a quote we can all relate to.

"Every fundraiser, every grant application, every moment of feeling we should just give up but pushing through, has brought us to where we are now,

"I want to thank you for not giving up, for no quitting when the going got tough, for your sheer determination and commitment to get the TYCH doors open once more."

The TYCH refurbishment project has attracted support from across the Towcester community including a £200,000 Community Grant from South Northants Council (SNC), fundraising support from Craig Bees at Bartrams Estate Agents, and TYCH was the chosen charity for last year's Midsummer Music Festival. Architects pHp have also been vital in helping to keep costs downs.

SNC chairman, Cllr Caryl Billingham helped turn the first sod alongside Barry Gardener from DJ Hutchings who are building the extension and Mr Bees.

Cllr Billingham said: "The value of this facility within your community is clearly evidenced by the breadth of financial and practical support that you have received from so many local businesses, voluntary groups and events."

The Towcester Youth Coffee House (TYCH) has been running in its current form since 1995 and for several years prior to that under another name.

It provided an essential service to people aged 11 to 18 in Towcester and has always been well attended.

No work has been carried out on the building since it was donated to the trustees, who now plan to extend the building in order to serve the youth now and after the extension of Towcester.

SNC Community Grants are available to any not-for- profit organisations located in or associated with the district.

For more information email the SNC Community Grants Officer, Katie Arnold, call her on 01327 322216, or visit the Community Grants webpage.

Ms Fagan and fellow TYCH trustees are preparing to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for TYCH. To support their fundraising, visit their Golden Giving fundraising page.