Fundraising bid to save Kenyon’s youth cafe

A fundraising committee has been set up to secure the future of Kenyon’s youth cafe in Onchan.

Onchan District Commissioners have given notice to the charity that runs the drop-in centre that they will not be renewing the lease and intend to sell the building.

Trustee Peter Karran, the MHK for Onchan who sold the building to the Commissioners in 2005, has launched a campaign to raise £100,000 needed to buy the building back.

Following a meeting at Kenyon’s to drum up support for his campaign, a fund-raising committee has been set up. ‘We now have a funding raising committee to help raise the £100,000 needed if this important facility is to remain in the community for the youth of the area,’ said Mr Karran.

The first fund-raiser will be a cheese and wine evening at Mr Karran’s home, the White Cot at Groudle, on Saturday September 14, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10.

Mr Karran has written to the Lottery Trust in the hope of securing funding.

The trust is charged a peppercorn rent of £100 a year. Commissioners say they want to provide better facilities for young people and are looking to develop the existing youth and community centre in School Road.

But head of the youth service Ken Callister believes this is a ‘mistake’ and will lead to more youths wandering the streets. Donations can be sent to Mrs Corlett, hon secretary, Kenyon’s Café, c/o 30 Cronkbourne Road, Douglas.