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5.00 of 2 votes
- by Sarah
It was the night of the 17th February when we all made our way to 30 James Street, in the big blue mini-bus, it was pouring down with rain so we had to try and stay dry after spending the day with rollers in and wondering what to wear! Checking in wasn't easy as there was over 20 of us on the night, some had made their own way on public transport, all excited and not knowing what to expect. As we walked in, the first thing that caught my eye was 2 people dancing on stilts to the brilliant tunes blasted out by DJ Mick Willow, once a young person himself with Interchill, he was able to showcase to others what he has achieved. The turn out was amazing, the room was jam packed, and we were squashed in like sardines! There was a strong sense of celebrating young peoples achievements throughout the night, and it was inspiring to see so much young talent under one roof. Ben Osu did an amazing job as compare, and kept everyone entertained. There was plenty to keep young people occupied, with a festival theme, food and drinks, face painting from our own Jayne Silvano, hand and arm massages, and a brilliant magician going around entertaining with his magic skills. Aside from that, and the reason everyone was there, to celebrate young people and youth projects across the city, with 8 awards in total to be won. When 8pm came, the award categories began, and we all waited with anticipation, not knowing if we would hear our names called out. A few well deserved awards were given out to different organisations, and then came the Award for the 'Best Project for Improving Physical Health in Young People' and we heard the words 'And the winners are Priority Youth Project and Danny Graham'! In a daze we went up to accept the award, presented to us by Tom McGuire, the Mersey North Divisional Director of Riverside Housing, cheers went up around the room, I could hear people shouting our names, flashes going off everywhere from photographers, it was the best feeling ever! We were so unbelievably proud, with the biggest cheesiest smiles on our faces, which continued for days afterwards. We were overwhelmed. The rest of the awards continued until the last one was announced, 'Most Inspirational Young Person Award' Ben informed everyone that this category had been very hard to judge, and so they had decided that both a girl and a boy would each recieve an award. I remember shaking, as I had nominated Mollie Farley for being one of the strongest young people I know, for fundraising over £6000 for ourselves and the little Princess Cancer Trust, in addition to cutting all her hair off to make a wig for a little girl with cancer... 'And the winner is.... Mollie Farley!' As she went up for her award all I remember is grabbing my camera and standing there proudly with tears of happiness rolling down my face, taking photographs of Mollie getting presented with her award by the Lord Mayor, Tony Conception. She was so made up, I think she was in shock! The next half an hour was spent getting photographs with our award winners, our staff team and volunteers, consortium lead partners Sophie Heneghan And Frank Burke from Riverside Housing , and our local councillors from Yew Tree ward Barbara Murray, John Prince, and Tony Conception our Lord Mayor, all of whom are so supportive of our work with young people. We felt like celebrities! We are definitely looking forward to next year, well done to Gail Goodwin, Yvonne Maddocks and all the organisers, it was a fantastic event and one to be very proud of! Sarah xxx
5.00 of 1 votes
- Fundraising Events
- by James
A crew of hearty fundraisers set off early one unseasonably warm (ish) September’s morning to attempt to summit one of the country’s highest peaks. At 3,560ft, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, meaning "the throne") is the highest mountain in England and Wales. This is the key to its enduring popularity. We hadn’t realised just how popular until we started our way up, opting for the Miners’ Track over the PYG Track which struck me as similar to our charity name PYP, perhaps this was to be an omen. There was plenty of characters on the ascend (not in our party), a father-and-son team illustrated the confusion at the heart of our nation's relationship with the outdoors: the dad had more kit than Bear Grylls going off to climb K2, while his son was in jeans and a T-shirt that exclaimed, in pink, "I like party girls". We saw several couples whose expedition equipment comprised Tesco bags and a senior gentleman who was transporting the remains of the family picnic down the mountain in a red tartan shopper – a wonderful and uniquely British sight which we’ll call upon in low moments for years to come. The most striking memory of the day was the grit and determination of the main fund raisers of the event Lisa Wright and Claire Gillian, they took the challenge by the horns and reached the summit to a well-deserved hero’s welcome. It was clear they had found parts of the ascent demanding yet they along with the other fund raisers refused to take the train down the mountain. Once refreshed and with a smile the group moved off the peak following the Llanberis Path, which roughly follows the route of the Snowdon Mountain Railway, is one of the longest, and certainly the easiest down the mountain. It was another very successful event on many levels, funds raised, challenges achieved, minds expanded and wonderful experiences shared which encapsulates the ethos of the Priority Youth Project. Donation can still be made, you can text PYP22 £3 (your chosen amount can be between £1 and £10) to 70070
5.00 of 1 votes
- Fundraising Events
- by Administrator
Raising funds for Priority Youth to help with running costs and keep all our young people smiling, minimum sponsorship fee is £30 per person, I can email sponsor forms for those wishing to take part, or if you don't fancy it, please sponsor us!
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