Teenagers can be goodies, not hoodies

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Bletchley teenagers are getting a chance to win £5,000 if they do community work.

The cash is on offer from the ihelp project, organised by 10 lodges and three chapters based at the Masonic Centre in Queensway, Bletchley.

Mike Stimson, assistant head of Bletchley and Bucks Freemasons, said: “We want to give young adults in Bletchley the chance to prove they are goodies and not hoodies.

“This innovative scheme enables us to give credit to the worth of the next generation coming along. They are our future. They deserve our help in finding their feet.”

The ihelp scheme offers prizes of £250 to £5250 for new or existing youth groups who help others in the community. “We want to challenge youngsters to be innovative in coming up with new ideas to help others. That’s what freemasonry aims to achieve,” Mike added.

The closing date is 5pm on May 25. “I would urge young people to enter the competition before it closes in May. If a team of just three young people, between the ages of seven and 18, carry out a small community project they could win a very large sum of money for their group,” Mike said.

The county final, with up to £5,250 on offer, takes place at Beaconsfield on September 23.

Last year the contest was won by The Beaconsfield School for their working with a local care home to bring the young and old together.

They organised sporting activities that suited the needs of adults at the care homes, which included indoor and outdoor activities such as darts, skittles, bocca, indoor archery and golf.

The head of freemasonry in England, the Duke of Kent has praised the scheme, which was started by Bletchley and Bucks Freemasons.

Mike said: “Freemasonry is all about friendship, decency, and charity, so ihelp is a great way of inspiring youngsters with our values.”