Young people in Seacroft will be hitting the beach next month.
But the group of enterprising teenagers won’t be taking a trip to the seaside – instead they’ll be transforming the local pub into a sandy retreat to raise money for a good cause.
The team of five 16 to 17-year-olds have been working with LS14 Trust Event Hire, an offshoot of the LS14 Trust, to come up with their own event for the estate.
Using their idea and expertise, and with guidance from the Trust, they have decided to hold a Beach Fest event in April, which will see them raffle off a host of top gig tickets to raise cash for Kendal’s Appeal.
Earlier this week they had a meeting with the Trust’s development manager Nicola Greenan to talk about how the plans were coming along.
Nicola told the YEP: “There are five young people involved, all from Seacroft and they were put forward by the David Young Academy. They said it’s been a really different experience for them, different to anything they’ve done before and it’s really opened their eyes and made them rethink what they’re capable of. That was the point but I wasn’t expecting them to come out and say it!”
The event on April 6 will start with a Ramshead street party and then finish in the back room at The Gate pub, which will become a beach.
Raffle prizes include tickets to Leeds Fest, tickets to see JLS at the new Leeds Arena and tickets to the O2 Academy.
Money raised will go to Kendal’s Appeal, which helps toddler Kendal Middleton Jessop who is suffering neuroblastoma.
Nicola added: “It’s a community event for themselves and people their own age to enjoy.”
Based at The Digital Lounge, a community hub in between The Gate Pub and St Richard’s Church on Kentmere Avenue in Seacroft, The LS14 Trust was formed by a passionate group of local residents who wanted to make a difference.
Find out more at: www.ls14trust.org or follow them on Twitter @LS14Trust