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Wednesday, 08 July 2015

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Dreamscheme's plea for cash

If a West Cumbrian charity can find £2,000 by Monday, it will unlock £40,000 to pump into youth services across the area.

Maryport Youth Service, which runs Aspatria’s Dreamscheme, was offered a challenge by the 4 Acre Trust, a Hereford-based charity, to raise £20,000. If it did, the trust promised to match the total.

The challenge was issued in September and the Dreamscheme has so far managed to raise £18,000. It is now appealing for help to collect the remaining amount.

Linda Hunter, Dreamscheme manager, said its success was down to local businesses and people.

She added: “We got a £2,000 donation from a man in Cockermouth who does not want to be named. It is so kind.

“I would love to raise the rest to get the maximum from 4 Acres. We have to submit the application by the end of the month.”

Aspatria Town Council gave the project £2,500 and has added the scheme to its 2012-2014 precept and bedmaker Sealy gave £700.

The youth club, which is open five days a week, offers activities and events for its 150-plus members.

It costs £77,888 a year to run and employs two full-time staff and a part-time youth worker.

To donate, send a cheque to Aspatria Dreamscheme, Youth Centre, Market Square, Aspatria, CA73EZ or visit the Dreamscheme website at www.aspatriadreamscheme.com

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