Comedy star Sir David Jason is backing a scheme to encourage MK youngsters to do community work.
The actor, best known as Del Boy in tv’s Only Fools and Horses, threw his weight behind the ihelp scheme when he visited Coombe Hill Monument near Wendover.
He was there on June 4 to see members of the armed service cadets light a beacon to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.
Bletchley Freemasons, including the eight lodges and three chapters at the Masonic Centre in Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, contributed £1,500 to the event, which included a 21-gun salute to the sovereign.
Sir David said the cadets’ involvement showed how youngsters could play a big part in bringing a sense of community to the area.
And he endorsed the ihelp project, organised by Bletchley and Bucks Freemasons, which aimed to spend around £14,000 to encourage teenagers to do community work in the county.
He said: “I am delighted to hear that Bletchley and Bucks Freemasons raised £1,500 to help the cadets. Also I think the ihelp project is fantastic and should be supported by everyone.
“There is so much rubbish talked about young people and the trouble they allegedly cause today. But ihelp shows what young people are really doing to contribute to their own communities.”
Sir David was briefed on the scheme by John Poulter, vice-chair of ihelp.
Mr Poulter, said: “It’s a big honour for us to have someone of Sir David’s stature to back the ihelp project.
“We believe our goals of friendship, decency, and charity strike a chord with everyone.”
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