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Edition No. 169

Date:- 25 September 2004

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THE interest in youth potential growth has soared since the Olympics, and funding in the northwest region has now been bolstered by a new a multi-million pound Fund this week promote well-being and personal development of young people across the UK by the Big Lottery Fund in Warrington.

Amir Kahn, Olympic medallist, was among the young people's representatives and youth organizations on September 23 taking part in the launch.

Young people will be able to access the funding scheme either individually or through their organisations and groups. In total, the Big Lottery Fund, the biggest of the Lottery good cause distributors, will roll out the funding across the next three years. The Young People's Fund totals £200million. 

In England, the amount is £157.5 million; £20 million will be going to Scotland; £13.5 million to Wales; and around £10 million to Northern Ireland. 

John Gartside OBE, Big Lottery Fund Board member and trustee of the Johnathan Ball Tim Parry centre said:- "The aim of this programme is to benefit young people. Organisations that apply to us will need to demonstrate that they have put young people at the centre of their applications. 

As part of the Young People's Fund programme, £10 million has been set aside to give grants to individual young people and groups of young people to help make a big difference in their local communities. Young people themselves will therefore help us to make the decision on what projects we fund."


ASHURST PRIMARY SCHOOL in St. Helens is set to have some fun and games all in the name of raising money for charity.

As part National Game Playing Week Ashurst Primary School will be helping raise money for the charity DEBRA, through organized game playing events within the school.

In the run up to this, the most exciting week of the year, MB and Parker are encouraging schools to play games for a day while raising money for charity DEBRA. The charity supports children and families suffering from the skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.

National Game Playing Week takes place on October 25 to the 31 and will be filled with fun events held all over the UK aiming to get people of all ages enjoying and playing games.

To help organise their game playing days, the first 2000 schools to register will receive a free Operation and kids will be encouraged to donate one pound to DEBRA to hold their game playing day. MB and Parker will award the five schools who raise the most money with a box of twenty of their most popular games for the kids to enjoy game playing for more than just one day. 

Sue Jones, Group Brand Manager at MB and Parker commented:- "National Game Playing Week was a great success last year, we were thrilled to see families getting together to have fun playing their favourite games. This year we are encouraging schools to take part in this charity initiative, which will provide lots of fun and raise money for a very worthy charity." 

National Game Playing Week runs October 25 to 31 2004 for more information log on to or email


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