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We're making a FRESH appeal; Church's youth club in call for Wish help.

Byline: NICOLA GOLDING

A LOCAL youth group has joined the Gazette's Wish Campaign once again.

Fresh Expressions, based at St Mary's Church, Acklam has taken part each year since 2007.

Margaret Morrell, youth leader, said: "It has been a really big help.

"It really makes a difference."

Last year's token gathering efforts saw them claim more than pounds 200. This was spent on a new keyboard, which is used not only by the group, but also in church services.

Any money they make this year will go towards buying items such as more instruments and another sewing machine.

These are all things that the Wish Campaign has enabled them to buy in the past.

Other items they have bought include a pool table.

Although they do have a Wii, the club try to avoid using technology to have fun. Instead those who go make arts and crafts and play games like chess.

"They absolutely love it."

Margaret explained.

"We are teaching the children how to sew."

She also said that they are trying to encourage the children to learn to play music, as a few of the group's leaders can do this.

They meet on the third Sunday of every month, and around 35-40 children aged between seven and 14 attend each time.

The youngsters also help to raise funds for charities like Butterwick Children's Hospice and The Grandsons of Abraham.

This year the pot of Wish cash to be given away to local schools, groups and charities stands at pounds 50,000. All who take part will be guaranteed a slice of the money to spend as they see fit.

The amount they receive will depend on the amount of Wish tokens they manage to collect.

Tokens are printed in the Gazette each day until January 14.

* If you would like to send Fresh Expressions your tokens of support, send them to: 32 Coniston Grove, Acklam, Middlesbrough, TS5 7DD.

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SUPPORT US: Youngsters, top, from Fresh Expressions youth group, above, and youth leader Margaret Morrell, left
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 13, 2011
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