Rock star lends ear to club cause

Double Six Club
Double Six Club

SHEFFIELD rock frontman Jon McClure visited a city youth club facing potential closure over funding problems after a passionate member took to Twitter to campaign.

Libby Hope, aged 10, asked local celebrities on the social networking site for help as the Double Six Youth Club in Woodseats struggles to find cash to keep popular sessions going.

And, through her efforts, Jon of band Reverend and the Makers came down to the club on Friday to meet members.

He said: “It’s great the youngsters are bothered enough to do something like this.

“They’re great, youth clubs - they give kids something to do when they might otherwise be on a computer or in the park.

“I’ve got mates who play instruments just because they went to youth clubs, so I went to give moral support.

“Youth clubs are a bit old-school but they give a bit of focus to the community.”

Woodseats School pupil Libby took action with other club members, who have written to Prime Minister David Cameron and invited Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn to the centre, after learning bids for funding had been unsuccessful.

Proud dad Phil Hope said: “I think she was really upset the club may close - she only goes one day a week but loves it.

“She must have started thinking straightaway if there was anything she could do - she really enjoyed Jon’s visit.”

Last year a one-off £15,000 grant from Sheffield Homes meant the club could extend its sessions, one of which was a girls’ only night on Wednesdays. Now that is in jeopardy.

Other bids for cash have been prepared but the outcome will not be known until the summer.

Volunteer Nicola Doherty said the club had started asking members for contributions towards sessions while people gave their time for free.

She added: “I told members about this a couple of weeks ago and they got quite angry. Libby went on Twitter and asked a lot of local celebrities to retweet a message which said ‘my youth club faces closure’ and got about 70 replies.

“It’s great to get the message through that we need help.”