Youth charity appoints two ambassadors as it marks 85 years

A leading youth charity has marked the start of its 85th anniversary by appointing two new ambassadors.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 8:24 am
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness and CEO of NE Youth Jon Niblo.

Youth development charity NE Youth also has a range of activities centred around the theme of ‘Healthy and Happy’ as it embarks on a quest to raise £85,000 this year.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness is their latest ambassador along with ex- Sunderland AFC star Gary Bennett.

Supported by NE Youth’s President, The Duke of Northumberland, NE Youth has set a target to raise £85,000 to invest in Micro Grants, Social Action Projects and staff and volunteer training to support its work with young people across the region.

Healthy and Happy themed charity challenges include networking events, clay pigeon shoot, boxing dinner, Hadrian’s Wall walk, Great North Run and Swim, cocktail making fundraiser and the Kielder Run Bike Run challenge.

Jon Niblo, CEO of NE Youth, said: “Over the last eight and half decades NE Youth has helped over 1 million young people.

“Healthy and Happy is our chosen campaign programme for 2020 as we celebrate our 85th anniversary!

“We hope that the range of activities we have scheduled throughout the year will help us to support even more young people.

“It’s a great honor to have Kim and Gary as our 85th anniversary ambassadors.”

Miss McGuinness said: “I’ve seen first-hand some of the incredible work NE Youth does to help improve the lives of young people throughout our region.

“They are dedicated to inspiring young minds to learn and develop, away from the chaos and problems of everyday life.

“I’m a firm believer that providing our young people with the right opportunities, as early as possible, can help steer them onto a path away from crime, and ultimately lead them onto a brighter future.

“I’m committed to championing this cause and the great work of NE Youth and am proud to be their ambassador for 2020.”