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Brookside Boys Club in the running for Lloyds TSB community grant
A club that has been keeping the boys of Borehamwood off the streets since 1965 is in the running for a £3,000 donation.
Brookside Boys Club in Buxton Way has been shortlisted as one of four good causes that could benefit from Lloyds Bank’s community fund.
As part of the scheme, members of the public vote for a group that is important to them and the two causes with the most votes are awarded £3,000.
The other two receive grants of £300 each.
The club, which is open to children aged ten and above, is the only one of its kind in the area and attracts between 30 and 40 boys a night.
It provides a safe environment for children and young people to socialise, develop skills and take part in a range of sports while reducing anti-social behaviour in the wider community.
It offers snooker, pool, basket ball, darts and other games on the outside astro turf, and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm.
Club leader Richard Clark, 83, believes the money would be vital in ensuring Brookside’s future.
He said: “This club keeps the boys of Borehamwood off the street and gives them something to do.
“We’ve had three generations of people coming to the club, grandfathers, fathers and grandsons, including some well known people like Boreham Wood FC’s Danny Hunter.
“If we weren’t here, where would the boys go?”
Mr Clark, who has been involved with the club for 46 years, said it had been struggling financially since the recession when it stopped receiving grants and was forced to raise money to keep itself afloat.
He added: “This donation would be for a really good purpose and would be a huge benefit to the club.
“We get by from day to day but would be faced with a huge dilemma if anything major were to go wrong, such as the central heating system.
“It would be wonderful if people voted for us and we got this grant, before it is too late.”
To vote for Brookside Boys Club click here.
To vote by text message send VOTE LKLC to 61119.
The other community groups on the shortlist are Borehamwood Foodbank, 1st Radlett Scout Group and 11th Edgware Scout Group.
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