YOUNG people have been given a financial step up towards reaching their goals.

Grants and awards were presented to young people from the Greater Willington area by Charity Shop 4U– a second-hand store which donates its profits to local children who face financial barriers in the pursuit of their dreams.

At a ceremony last week, the charity also named taekwondo star Amy Bone, 14, as its Young Achiever of the Year in recognition of her success in the sport and her voluntary work with other young martial artists.

Since last year the shop has raised and distributed £2,700, almost £2,000 of it this year.

Management committee chairman Ros Glasper was delighted to present the most recent batch.

The biggest donation, £500, went to Hunwick Cricket Club for new nets and to support a new under nines team. The club had been fundraising themselves and, thanks to the grant, now have more than 90 per cent of the total needed.

Grants of £150 went to Team Warrior TKD Willington to buy equipment such as kick pads and mats, 4th Willington Cubs and Scouts Group towards leaders’ fees, Our Lady and St Thomas RCVA Primary School to help create a reading shed, Lewis Mason Clark towards equipment for a specialised hair care course, Liam Dean Clark towards a drum kit for his music studies, Amy Pringle for a camera to use on a photography course at college and St Stephen’s CofE Primary School to buy toys for its outdoor creative learning area.

Willington Youth FC got £120 towards equipment for coaching a new team, Amy Bone got £100 as she prepares for international competition and India May Clark and Mia Pringle got £50 towards arts and crafts materials.

Charity shop coordinator Shirley Griffiths thanked shop volunteers and praised the community for embracing the project and its aims.

She also thanked homelessness charity Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling for providing premises, on High Street, and support as it looks to become a charity in its own right.

She said: “This year we are able to offer more than double the grants than last year. We wish to encourage more people to apply for the grants next autumn.

“If you apply for a grant, you may not get all of what you ask for, or you may get more. It is for every child regardless of their parents' financial situation.

“So, if you think there is an outstanding child who needs credit for their actions or a child who needs financial help to progress their goals get in touch with us at the shop and pick up an application form.

"Our congratulations go to Amy and all who won grants this year. It is a pleasure to be able to help them.”

Cornerstone operations manager Philip Hardy said: “Cornerstone has always wanted to do something to thank our community for its support.

“We could think of nothing better to do with our old offices than to give them over to the community to raise money for the future of its children.

“I can’t express enough how delighted and impressed we have been with the efforts made and the amazing amount of money Charity Shop 4U is able to hand out today.”