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Police officer fuels charity projects

February 26, 2013, 3:06 pm

An Ely youth group will be presented with new sports equipment thanks to a local police officer.

The pool cues with accompanying care kit will be presented to the Garage Youth Project, which is run from the Lighthouse Centre in Ely, by PC Steve Hinks today (Tuesday).

The equipment was purchased thanks to a fuel card scheme run by PC Hinks, in which police vehicles using filling stations in Cambridgeshire can collect Nectar points at BP as well as Texaco, Shell, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons stores reward schemes.

When enough points are accrued, PC Hinks uses them to buy items for good causes.

In 2011, he presented about £400 of new sports equipment to the Darwin Drive Boys group from the Arbury area.

PC Hinks said: “I run the fuel card scheme because it is an ideal way of putting something back into the community. The Garage Youth Project seemed like a very good cause and I’m sure this equipment will help them out.

“I will be looking to donate goods to other worthy causes and groups in future so anyone who wants to be considered should apply to me, stating what they want and why they want it.

“There are police charity cards at Nectar BP and Sainsbury’s and Tesco filling stations, along with charity cards held at Shell and Texaco, so any members of the public who don’t collect points themselves are welcome to donate them to us.”

The Garage Youth Project was formed in 2004 and is open to young people on a Monday and Wednesday evening.
Andy Fisher, who works at the project, said: “We can’t thank Steve enough for his generosity.
“Our volunteer team provides a safe environment where young people can enjoy a range of theatre, sports, cookery, craft and other activities each week.
“We really appreciate the support from Cambridgeshire police.”

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