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York and North Yorkshire Businesses Asked to Help Young People

University of York

7:42pm 22nd May 2013

Students and staff at the University of York are teaming up with local businesses during the week beginning 10 June to undertake an ambitious renovation of the Snowball Plantation, Scoutings’ outdoor activity centre at Stockton on Forest.

Project Snowball sees students, staff and local companies providing volunteer labour during the week to dig, clear ditches, sand and paint buildings but we need the help of a skilled team of builders to take on the renovation of the campfire circle which involves the creation of new levels and bench seating.   

Simpsons York Ltd are leading the construction of two new shelters on the site.  Sorrells, Listers, Crombie Wilkinson and HPH Accountants have also got behind the project as have other local businesses.

Mark Cregan, Operations Director for Simpsons said:

“Simpsons is delighted to be involved in the project, many of our team including myself remember going to Snowball as a young lads.  If we can give up some of our time and expertise to help ensure this great facility is in good shape for years to come then that’s really worth doing.”

Teams from across the University and local community have been working hard to raise money for the renovation, and you can still get involved.  The York@50 Bike Ride takes place on 2 June, local cyclists have already signed up to take part but the organisers say more are welcome.

The York@50 Big Bike Ride will start and finish at York Sport Village and participants can choose to cycle 52 or 25 miles.  Suitable for cyclists of all abilities, the rides are fully supported and pass through the quiet country lanes on the outskirts of York.  For younger riders there is a York@50 Family Ride on the new traffic-free 1 km fixed circuit at York Sport Village.

If your company can help with the renovation please contact susie.fothergill@york.ac.uk.  For more information on the York@50 Bike Rides or to make a donation to the project please visit www.yorkspace.net/york50

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