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JusB youth centre trustee has bike stolen days before London to Surrey 100-mile sponsored cycle

PUBLISHED: 16:07 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:24 10 July 2017

Andrew Lancaster

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Andrew Lancaster is raising money to save the centre from closure

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A trustee of a local youth centre has had his bike stolen, days before a 100-mile bike ride raising funds to save the centre.

Andrew Lancaster, launched an appeal, alongside the rest of the board of JusB in Bromley, to save the centre from closure in April, due to low funding. It costs £122,600 to run JusB per year.

Mr Lancaster decided to sign up for the Prudential Ride London to Surrey 100 on behalf of JusB, however, after cycling to work one day, thieves stole his bike leaving him without equipment to train or complete the cycle.

He said: “I will have to complete the bike ride on a borrowed bike, but this is an added obstacle at a time when JusB is just trying to keep their doors open to young people.

Andrew Lancaster with his stolen bikeAndrew Lancaster with his stolen bike

“Thanks to local groups, individuals, and trusts helping us, JusB has averted closure.”

The centre has been running for the last 13 years, and provides music studios, information, advice and guidance, dance classes, help with homework, crafts and workshops for youths. It now has enough funding to continue until February 2018, but the board are hoping to keep fundraising.

Project manager, Ned McWhirter, added: “We need to press on to make sure that Bromley North continues to have a safe place for young people to meet and, where necessary, get help. Andrew’s bike ride is one way in which we are raising money and it’s such a shame this has happened to him.”

A Just Giving page for the centre, states: “We are discussing options, looking for groups to share our premises, seeking out funding and getting the word out there. We are delighted to have the support of a number of individuals, churches and other organisations.

“You can encourage young people to be all that they can be, to give back to others, to thrive at school and at home, to avoid dangerous mistakes and to set off down the right path early on.”

The London to Surrey bike ride will take place on July 30.

To support Mr Lancaster’s efforts, here.

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