Only a year after facing closure, local charity, the Merseyside Youth Challenge Trust, has been nominated for this year’s Charity Film Awards.
The Trust, which was established in 1985, acts as an outdoor education centre for the youth of Liverpool. Thousands of children benefit from the charity each year, with a number of activities which include archery and trust exercises, held in Allerton Tower Park.
The education centre was forced to raise around £5,000 last October or face closure, and while MYCT officials still find themselves struggling, CEO Fred Pye believes they are up for the battle.
He told JMU Journalism: “We’re still here but we are in a dire financial situation. We’re putting out different bits to different grant giving organisations and we are also coming up with different ways of working, deliver what we deliver. So we’re fighting the fight, it’s just nail biting right now.”
Mr Pye was clear to emphasise the importance of such an outlet for the young people of Liverpool, highlighting the thousands from all aspects of society which go for the much-needed “team building exercises which take place in the huge park”.
This year’s nomination comes as a welcome surprise for the trust and while Mr Pye is unsure if they will reach the next stage, he is hopeful.
“It would be brilliant, it’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like this,” he said.
The charity will face stiff competition if they are to be shortlisted in December, but success could result in much needed investment. While they avoided closure last year, they will need to raise up to £60,000 if they wish to continue and even expand.
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