Lions’ cash boost for new youth workshop Pit-Stop

Lions youth project
Lions youth project

Help was on hand from Bexhill Lions when they supported new youth workshop Pit-Stop.

Pit –Stop, which is based in De La Warr Mews, had sent out a urgent appeal for help with safety equipment for its youth group - all of whom are aged between 13 to 21 years old - to use when tackling their various mechanical projects.

Lee Dunn, the manager of Bexhill Youth Service which provides the workshop facility free of charge to local groups, said: “We originally asked the Bexhill Lions for support towards equipment costs of £400 pounds, but Bexhill Lions Richard and Paul called me up soon afterwards with a very generous offer from the Lions of £600 pounds.

It’s totally blown us away as we are a tiny non-profit charitable organisation that has no commercial income, and relies solely on support we get from local businesses and groups like the Bexhill Lions.

Running Pit-Stop is not just fun but also very rewarding. Over half of the youngsters we have at our club sessions have some form of learning difficulties, but this does not stop them building small go-karts, maintaining remote control cars and generally messing around with anything mechanical. All our volunteers who help at the workshop are unpaid and CRB/DBS checked. They provide years of useful engineering knowledge that they pass on to our youngsters.”

Lee added: “We have just signed up a deal with our local B&Q Bexhill store that lets us recycle unwanted items from them for free, and we have continued support from the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club, whose juniors we cater for at our community workshop.

We are always looking out for new youngsters to joins us, along with any unwanted vehicles (with or without MOT) that they can use to learn basic mechanical skills on. Our Pit-Stop (Youth Workshop) contact number is 01424-532180.”

Pit-Stops current restoration project, a stunning Triumph Vitesse Mk1 along with Bexhill Lions Richard Winrow and Paul Fleming presenting £600 to Lee Dunn, Daniel Elliott and Dejay Banfield.