LEADING youth development charity NE Youth is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2020 with new activities centred around the theme of ‘Healthy and Happy’ as it embarks on a quest to raise £85,000.

Police and crime commissioner for Northumbria Kim McGuinness is NE Youth’s latest new ambassador along with ex-Sunderland FC star Gary Bennett.

Supported by NE Youth’s President, the Duke of Northumberland, it aims to achieve this with a number of themed challenges throughout 2020, including networking events, clay pigeon shoot, boxing dinner, Hadrian’s Wall walk, Great North Run and Swim, cocktail making fundraiser and the Kielder Run Bike Run challenge.

Jon Niblo, CEO of NE Youth said: “Over the last 85 years NE Youth has helped over a million young people. Healthy and Happy is our chosen campaign programme for 2020. We hope the range of activities we have scheduled throughout the year will help us to support even more young people."