A MUSICAL event sponsored by Investec Specialist Bank raised enough money to cover the cost of employing a project worker at a young people’s support service for six months.
The Twist – an evening of 50s and 60s music from West End performers – made £14,000 for the charity Young People Guernsey (YPG) which runs The HUB, a support service for 11 to 16-year-olds.
Jane St Pier, chair of YPG, was thrilled about the success of event and thanked Investec for its support.
‘A lot of young people in Guernsey rely heavily on the service that our partners Barnardo’s provide at The HUB: we have worked with over 800 young people in the last 18 months. Our key assets are the professional staff that provide invaluable support to young people and each week a project worker costs us £500,’ said Mrs St Pier.
‘The support of companies like Investec, who generously sponsored this wonderful event, is priceless and is also vital to our continued viability.’
The Twist featured West End sweetheart Suzi Madin and her husband Chris Madin, who sings on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Part of every ticket price went to YPG, of which Investec is a strong supporter.
Stephen Henry, head of Investec Specialist Bank in the Channel Islands, said the bank was delighted to be able to make such a difference to the charity.
‘YPG does fantastic work in the island for young people. The project worker’s job is extremely busy and varied, from listening to and providing practical help to youngsters to attending meetings in schools and with other key agencies. It is very rewarding to see that we are able to help that continue,’ said Mr Henry.
YPG is a Guernsey charity established in 2011 to identify and respond to the needs of young people in the Bailiwick, particularly those at risk. In March 2012 the organisation signed a deal with the UK charity Barnado’s to open an information, advice and guidance centre, which is now a year old.
YPG receives no States funding, and finances The HUB through seeking corporate and philanthropic support, securing charitable grants and holding fundraising events.