Revving up for the future

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A LOCAL biker is appealing for youngsters to come forward and sign up for a successful new initiative where they can get hands-on experience with motorbikes.

Gainsborough and District had been helping local youths aged from four to 21 by providing somewhere for them to use and work on their bikes, keeping them on track and in the process helping them learn social and practical skills as well as having fun.

Through his role as a local area rep for the Harley Riders Club, local biker and key committee member, Keith Norton got involved with the Lincolnshire-based charity Youthbike.

Based in Horncastle, Youthbike seeks to help children of all ages, especially those on the fringes of society, and prove that by giving a practical element to learning, it can appeal to kids who think they are too cool for school.

This year, as well as making a workshop load of trophies from recycled motorbike parts, Keith also presented Youthbike founder and leader Tony Nightingale, with a cheque from the Gainsborough and District club for £500 at the national Youthbike finals held near Grantham.

Tony Nightingale thanked Keith and the former members of the Gainsborough club saying: “as a small charity, run entirely by volunteers, this donation will help ensure that we can carry on proving that with a bit of focus on the right direction, we can get youngsters back on course and help turn them into winners.”

The finals saw youths from an assortment of primary schools, youth clubs and educational projects from around the UK competing for the trophies made by Keith.

“It’s very satisfying to see even some of the more challenging youngsters turning their lives around, gaining qualifications and producing some stunning creations in the process,” said Keith.

“One of the past competitors has even gone on to work with Formula One team McLaren and I bet many a person would love the chance to take part in a project like this.”

National Youthbike finals are held every year and more information can be found at www.youthbike.com.