Onchan’s young people have joined forces to try to save one of their much-loved facilities.
Kenyon’s Cafe on Main Road in Onchan operates from a former butcher’s shop as a drop-in centre for young people where they can receive support and guidance from youth workers.
Backers say it is accessible to all young people.
The cafe has been a part of the landscape in Onchan for the past 12 years and is designed to help to provide a distraction for youngsters and discourage them from antisocial behaviour.
But since Onchan Commissioners decided to dispose of the cafe as part of a review of their commercial premises, the cafe’s clients have launched a fundraising group to secure its future.
Martin Macfarlane, chairman of the charity, said: ‘I’m proud that our young people want to get involved with fundraising to keep facilities like this. The group has a long list of ideas and hope to do some events before Christmas such as bag packing, cake bakes and a sponsored stay awake. I hope the community will get behind them and support their efforts.’
Last month Peter Karran MHK hosted a cheese and wine evening that had an overwhelming turnout of supporters that raised over £1,500.
The charity is now looking for individuals, companies and charitable trusts that may be able to offer financial help. Anyone interested should contact Martin Macfarlane, by email email@example.com or post to Kenyon’s Café, 44 Main Road, Onchan, IM3 1AL.
For more information about the charity visit www.kenyons.im