Mayor backs new wheels for charity

Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri joins young people from Project Challenge on the minibus that has seen better days
Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri joins young people from Project Challenge on the minibus that has seen better days

ITS ADVENTURES have taken it all over Europe, from the icy wastes of northern Norway to Romania and the Czech Republic.

But after 12 years of taking young people from Calderdale on voyages of self-discovery, the Project Challenge minibus has seen better days.

Now, the Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri, has made it his mission to replace the vehicle after making the organisation his chosen charity during his year of office.

Coun Fekri said: “I’m delighted to be supporting Project Challenge. This organisation has made a genuine difference to the lives of hundreds of young people, many of them who have faced huge difficulties in their lives.

“During my year of office, I will do all I can to work with local organisations and individuals to raise money for this really worthy cause.”

Project Challenge, based at Dean Clough, Halifax, works with disaffected young people between the ages of 16 and 24 to help them get into employment, education or training.

It aims to unlock their potential by building their confidence and self esteem with a mixture of classroom learning and challenging expeditions - which is where the minibus comes in.

It was bought 12 years ago with money raised by the last Calderdale mayor – then Coun Alan Worth – to support the charity.

Lorna Butterick, of Project Challenge, said: “We’ve used the minibus to take parties of young people all over the UK and Europe. But it’s been patched up time and again and we think it’s coming to the end of its useful life.

“So we’re really pleased the new mayor has decided to support our charity.”