Raising funds for youth activities in town

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Fri 29th March 2024

A Derbyshire woman is raising funds for a youth activities initiative.
Mary Kerry, who is carrying out a self-set weight loss challenge, is raising funds for AYUP (Alfreton Youngsters Umbrella Provision) which is a volunteer run initiative which offers a multitude of weekly activities for youngsters in the town.
Mary has set up an online fundraising page where people can donate to the cause. On her ‘Justgiving’ page she states: “I was inspired by James Simpson during his DECA (an ironman triathlon every day for ten days) to improve my fitness and well-being.
“In September 2022 I began my journey and with support from my Warrior family, Slimming World consultants, family, friends and colleagues, my body shape and physical fitness have improved so much plus I have lost 4 stone.
“I am aiming, in the next couple of months, to loose a few more pounds and get to the next dress size down.
“I will do this by attending the Warriors Aqua class twice a week plus taking part in the pocket gym classes and having a weekly weigh in.
“Whilst doing this I’ll be raising some much needs funds for Alfreton Youngsters Umbrella Provision (AYUP).”
Mary continued: “What will the money be used for? Any funds raised will be used to support AYUP, a community project which was set up in 2023.
“AYUP’s goal is to provide safe secure environments where youngsters aged 11-18 can meet together, build positive relationships and positively impact their community.
“Unfortunately the town of Alfreton has lost all youth facilities over the years and AYUP is working to re-establish them.
“At present youngsters have the opportunity to participate in a regular Friday night Youth Club with activities provided by The Old farm Bus, a Wednesday night Sports Club at Alfreton Leisure Centre and a youth outreach project is running on Monday nights through the Blend Youth Project aiming to engage with and support the young people who are present across the town.
“AYUP aim to ensure all the activities are free for the young people which is why any funds raised are so appreciated.”
Mary added: “Please donate what you can – £2, £5, £10, it all helps AYUP to provide the much needed youth provision in Alfreton.”
A spokesman for AYUP said: “Mary is another amazing person doing something amazing for AYUP.
“If you can, make a donation. All the funds will go straight towards providing the young people of Alfreton with clubs and activities.
“Good luck Mary Angela.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so by going to here

To read more Spirit of Alfreton articles about AYUP go to here

To keep up to date with what’s happening at AYUP sessions go to here

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