Peckham Appeal Exceeds Expectations

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Friday 11th January 2013

Young people in Peckham will soon be enjoying a smart new youth centre complete with its own recording studio at the UCKG HelpCentre in Rye Lane, thanks to the success of the UCKG HelpCentre’s 2012 Christmas Fund raising campaign.

“Tremendous credit is due to all the volunteers who sang carols, held collecting buckets and packed shoppers’ bags in supermarkets across London,” said Candace Johnson, the UCKG HelpCentre’s fundraising manager.  “We are grateful to the Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco stores who allowed us to assist their customers, and to every member of the public who gave.”

The campaign was also conducted in towns and cities around the UK where there are UCKG HelpCentres, online and through a letter-writing initiative.

With fund-raisers exceeding their £300,000 target, the project, which includes a new café, bookshop and reception area in the Rye Lane HelpCentre as well as the youth facilities, will now proceed without delay.

The UCKG HelpCentre is aiming to open the youth centre in the late spring of 2013.  It will be operated by VYG, the UCKG HelpCentre’s youth group.  “We are investing in the recording studio as music is extremely important to young people and invaluable in helping troubled youths rebuild self esteem and get their lives back on track,” said VYG leader Miguel Lacerda.

“Youths who have been let down by dysfunctional families and other adults who might have helped them to get a good start in life, seek solace in listening to and creating music.  Before too long the Peckham youth centre will be there as a new resource for them.”


Note to editors:

UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers.  It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.

The UCKG HelpCentre’s youth group, VYG, is a major long term priority.  Designed for 15 – 23 year olds, the VYG provides the same family-style peer group support that attracts young people to gang life, but without the destructive behaviours.  Rather, it helps and encourages the young to be the best that they can be.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on or direct line 020 7686 6033.