Firm on track to help youngsters

John Dickson, chairman of Owen Pugh with representatives from Owen Pugh and Phoenix Detached Youth Project.
John Dickson, chairman of Owen Pugh with representatives from Owen Pugh and Phoenix Detached Youth Project.

STAFF at a civil engineering firm took a pit stop from their usual jobs to go head to head in a go-karting challenge with youngsters from a North Shields youth project.

Owen Pugh chairman John Dickson and colleagues took to the racing track alongside young people involved in the Phoenix Detached Youth Project for a go-karting competition held in Sunderland.

The Dudley-based firm has supported the project for two years and provides sponsorship by covering running and maintenance costs for two go-karts to help act as a deterrent to vehicle crime.

The outreach project has worked with young people aged 13 to 25 in Meadowell, Percy Main, East Howdon, Royal Quays and Chirton since 2004, helping them find jobs and encouraging them to respect others.

Mr Dickson said: “The go-kart challenge is about engaging with those who we support, and if we can have fun at the same time, then why not? Who doesn’t want to be the Stig for the day?”

Project manager Mike Burgess added: “The go-karting competition was great fun and will stand as an incentive for the young people to continue to engage in positive activities.”