The Underground youth centre set to hold a night of entertainment to keep service running

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A YOUTH centre is set to hold a night of entertainment in the hope of raising some vital funds to keep its clubs running.

The Underground centre in Church Walk, King’s Cliffe, is hosting the event on Saturday, April 28, as it bids to raise the £20,000 a year it needs to remain open.

The evening, titled ‘Underground Rocks’ will feature a number of fun activities including a disco, live bands, a balloon race and children’s crafts.

There will also be a hog roast, dessert table and much more.

The centre runs activities and workshops for youngsters but is currently struggling due to its popularity.

More than 300 children attend the three weekly clubs it holds but it is run by volunteers and money needs to be raised to hire a full time manager.

Volunteer coordinator for the centre Katy Weeks said: “The evening will be a real family event with lots going on and will be crucial to the centre.

“It is thriving but has become too big to be managed by volunteers alone. To give the centre a sustainable future, a paid manager is needed and fundraising has started in earnest to try and secure one with the skills and experience needed to take it forward.

“And it means so much to children, young people and families, and although so much has already been achieved, there is much more that Underground can do.

“The centre provides the only youth clubs within a 10 mile radius and it is a real concern that youngsters would be left with nothing if it closes.

“With 145 new houses being built in King’s Cliffe, the need for Underground will increase rapidly.

“So many youth services have stopped because of funding issues and we’re determined to do all we can to ensure that Underground doesn’t go the same way.”

The event will run at the centre from 7 to 10pm.

For more information about the centre and for tickets, call Katy on 01780 470125.