The chairman of the Isle of Wight Council has announced her chosen charity for the coming year.
Councillor Claire Critchison, who was elected as chairman by Full Council at the annual meeting in May, will help raise funds for South Wight Area Youth (SWAY).
Speaking at the chairman’s reception last week, she paid tribute to the charity which provides activities, opportunities, mentoring and support for youth and families in the South Wight.
She said: “They are a wonderful resource for young people in the rural areas.
“I will be holding fundraising events over the next year starting with a garden party on Saturday, 21 August at Bevois Farm, Niton.”
Joanna Richards, SWAY’s chair of trustees, added: “SWAY are progressing so well with the fundraising for the Community Hub that we are in the last stages prior to the build.
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“We are looking forward to providing a fabulous shop, café and meeting rooms in Chale for the whole of the South Wight.”
The charity was established in 2014 with the aim of bringing young people together in social groups and volunteering opportunities within their communities.
It runs regular meet-ups during the week, activities in the school holidays, residential trips and other special events.
Andy Dorning, lead youth worker, said: “SWAY are excited to be chosen as the Isle of Wight chairman’s charity for the year. It will give us the opportunity to raise our profile and tell people about the work we do.
“Our aim is to give hope and focus for the youth and families of South Wight. We are passionate about getting young people together, giving them opportunities to grow, work, play and fulfil their potential.”