Combe Estate owner supports Honiton Youth Club

Honiton Youth Club committee members, volunteers and youth workers are pictured with Richard Marker

Honiton Youth Club committee members, volunteers and youth workers are pictured with Richard Marker and daughter Karissa from the Combe Estate. Ref mhh 09-16SH 6730. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

Richard Marker, a key supporter of the club, recently visited committee members and youth workers.

The owner of Combe Estate in Gittisham has reaffirmed his support for Honiton Youth Club (HYC) after he recently visited the group.

Richard Marker is a key supporter of the club, and his contribution over the last year has been crucial in ensuring that it not only opened again last September but could employ two professional youth workers.

Mr Marker said: “The young people of Honiton deserve to have a safe environment where they can enjoy a variety of activities that are accessible and fun.

“These HYC evenings help to develop their skills and knowledge, positive attitudes and behaviour all whilst building their self-esteem at an important time in their lives. Combe Estate and the Marker family are committed to supporting initiatives that encourage opportunities for the youth of the area through sport, education or social interaction.

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“HYC is a perfect example of providing much needed resources for the development of the local youngsters and we wish it every success.”

The commitment of Combe Estate has extended beyond encouragement to directly funding the cost of employment of two youth workers - Louis Lane and Ali Lawrence.

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The pair lead, plan and run the youth club sessions and provide purposeful and constructive activities to young people who attend.

HYC is managed by a committee of volunteers - Henry Brown, Luke Harvey-Ingram, Clare Ashby, Jo Harvey-Ingram, Sharon Holloway, Jo O’Donoghue and Jade Shaw.

A committee spokesman said: “Combe Estate’s support is a real vote of confidence in the work of HYC and what it has set out to achieve for the young people of the town. It is a very real investment in the future of our community.”

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