AN AWARD-Winning voluntary worker has launched a fundraising appeal as she bids to re-open a youth club and community cafe in Beeston.
Yvonne Crowther, who suffers from a string of health problems, has temporarily closed down the Cardinal Youth Club and Me n’ U community cafe as she concentrates on securing fresh funding and trying to find volunteers to help out.
Yvonne, 58, has run the youth club on Cardinal Crescent for 15 years.
She opened the community cafe on nearby Cardinal Road in 2012 after being handed £17,000 by wealthy Leeds-born theatre producer David King during filming of Channel 4 show Secret Millionaire.
Grandmother-of-three Yvonne, who won a Pride of Britain award in 2011 for her community work, said she has had to close the cafe and youth club temporarily and is in the process of applying for lottery funding.
And she has launched a crowdfunding appeal on the Just Giving website in a bid to raise cash to get the youth club and cafe back up and running.
She said: “They are vital community hubs in the Beeston area and it is really important that we get them back open as soon as possible.”
Yvonne suffers from an incurable liver disease, emphysema and asthma and needs both hips replacing. She said: “Due to my illnesses I can’t continue to run the cafe and youth club on my own and I’m looking for volunteers to help out. I also need to raise more funds to continue operating.
“My passion is the youth club and I feel that I have neglected that because of the cafe, because trying to rely on volunteers is so difficult.” She added: “People are missing the cafe. A lot of elderly people have made friends at the cafe and are missing being able to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.” Go to: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/yvonne-crowther