Saffron Walden Youth Outreach Project (SWYOP) welcomed the community to celebrate with them last Saturday (15 June).  The event at Jubilee Hub marked 30 years of Saffron Walden Youth Outreach Project and included a wonderful raffle, Birthday cake and fizz! It was well attended by volunteers who have helped from over the years, Town Councillors and residents.

Said Founder, Mike Hibbs, “it was so good to meet up with so many of the volunteers who have helped the Charity over the years, and to reunite them with some of the young people who benefited from the youth club. It was an opportunity to celebrate the contribution they all made with some very good cake. I would also like to thank the staff of the youth club, the Trustees of the Charity, and the Town, District and County Councils.”

A Town Council spokesperson added, “special thanks to ‘The Art is in the Cake’ for the magnificent celebration cake, to local business for some very generous raffle prizes, The Cross Keys for providing burgers and hotdogs on the day and volunteers from both SWYOP and Uttlesford Community Action Network.”

Former Mayor, Councillor Heather Asker, distributes charity cheques

At the event, Former Mayor, Councillor Heather Asker was pleased to present charity cheques amounting to £8,324.35 each to Mike Hibbs from SWYOP and Tim Atkinson from Fairycroft House Arts and Media Centre.

The money raised was from fund-raising events and donations throughout Heather’s mayoral year.  She said “I am thrilled to pass on cheques to my chosen charities. The funds are vital to ensure the charities can continue their valued work which benefits the people of Saffron Walden.  My thanks to all who gave so generously of their time and money”.

Said Fairycroft House’s Tim Atkinson, “We are extremely grateful to receive this money from the Mayor’s appeal and it will be used to help with some of the many projects that we have at Fairycroft House including our Young Carers project.”

Mike Hibbs also added, “I would like to thank Cllr Heather Asker for raising over £8,000 for the charity.”