Police boost for Ely youth group

Pc Steve Hinks, left, presents the equipment to Andy Fisher.

Pc Steve Hinks, left, presents the equipment to Andy Fisher. - Credit: Archant

AN Ely youth group was presented with new sports equipment thanks to a fuel card scheme run by a police officer.

The pool cues with accompanying care kit was presented to the Garage Youth Project, which is run from the Lighthouse Centre in Ely, by Pc Steve Hinks on Tuesday.

The equipment was purchased thanks to a fuel card scheme run by Pc Hinks, in which police vehicles using filling stations in Cambridgeshire can collect Nectar points at BP as well as reward points at Texaco, Shell, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

When enough points are accrued, Pc Hinks uses them to buy items for good causes.

Pc Hinks said: “I run the fuel card scheme because it is an ideal way of putting something back into the community. The Garage Youth Project seemed like a very good cause and I’m sure this equipment will help them out.

“I will be looking to donate goods to other worthy causes and groups in future so anyone who wants to be considered should apply to me, stating what they want and why they want it.

“There are police charity cards at Nectar BP and Sainsbury’s and Tesco filling stations, along with charity cards held at Shell and Texaco, so any members of the public who don’t collect points themselves are welcome to donate them to us.”

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The Garage Youth Project was formed in 2004 and is open to young people on a Monday and Wednesday evening.

Andy Fisher, who works at the project, said: “We can’t thank Steve enough for his generosity.

“Our volunteer team provides a safe environment where young people can enjoy a range of theatre, sports, cookery, craft and other activities each week.

“We really appreciate the support from Cambridgeshire police.”