Redcar MP Anna Turley has launched a fundraising drive for Redcar-based charity The Junction Foundation who work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.
Anna has chosen The Junction as her Charity of the Year for 2017 and will be raising money throughout the year to support their work.
The Junction support vulnerable and disadvantaged children up to the age of 25 years on a range of issues including mental health, homelessness, unemployment, debt and money problems, substance misuse, and young carers. They provide one to one support and projects tailored around the needs of individual young people.
Anna has sponsored Redcar Athletic u14 Reds this year to put The Junction's logo on their shirts to raise awareness of the charity and the work they do in the area. Anna and Lawrence McAnelly, Chief Executive of the Junction, went down to a training session on Saturday to catch up with the team in their new kits.
In 2016 Anna supported Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Marske teenager Georgina Anderson, raising £2,740.18 in Georgina’s memory through events and challenges including a 100ft abseil.
“I am very proud to be supporting the Junction this year and hope to raise lots of money to support the really important work they do.
“Vulnerable young people come to the Junction because it offers them a lifeline. Many have had difficult upbringings and have had to take on more adult responsibilities, such as caring, than other people their own age. The Junction support young people in this position to live happier and healthier lives, helping them to build resilience, self-confidence, and fulfil their potential.
“I am always really impressed by the work the Junction do and the money my team and I raise this year will help them to do even more.”
Lawrence McAnelly, Chief Executive of the Junction said:
"We are really pleased that our local MP Anna Turley has chosen to support us as her charity of the year. Anna has known The Junction and taken a keen interest in our work supporting children and young people since before she was elected. This even goes back to her being a tour guide for local young carers on a visit to Parliament.
“I have no doubt that Anna's support will not only help The Junction’s work directly but it will also give children and young people in the borough a voice, helping to raise awareness of the issues they face.”
Carl Shenton, Manager of Redcar Athletic U14s Reds, said:
“We are really pleased to have the support of the Junction and Anna this season and are looking forward to working closely with the charity to help promote the important work they do in the local community.”
More information about the Junction and the services they provide can be found at thejunctionfoundation.com.
Anna’s fundraising page can be found at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AnnaTurley2017
Photo: Anna with Redcar Athletic u14s Reds in their Junction sponsored kits