MAHDLO Youth Zone is on the way to reaching its £50,000 target but still needs the help of the local community.

Chairman Chris Wareing last week launched the charity’s latest appeal with all donations pledged by August 21, matched pound for pound. Part of the money raised will be used to replace the Mahdlo minibus that was stolen last month and has still not been located.

Leo Casey, youth work manager at Mahdlo, said: “The minibus is such an important part of our offer. More recently it has been a lifeline to young people during lockdown. It enabled us to deliver our outreach programme, where we presented over 450 food, activity and wellbeing resources to families in need and provided intensive key work support to many young people.”

Alison, support worker to Mahdlo member Adrian, added: “Mahdlo has always played a big part in Adrian’s life. Having the team visit his doorstep in the minibus each week has given him an added boost.

"He is prone to 'melt downs', and knowing the team will visit each week to offer some support has really lifted his spirits. Seeing Youth Workers Mark, Kate and Amy has been a highlight of his week. The team has definitely gone above and beyond. Without Mahdlo, it would have been a lot more difficult for him over the last few tough months.”

Fundraising manager Claire Crossfield said: “Whatever you can spare will make such a difference, and your donation will go further than ever before. We have been loaned a minibus until September, but after that who knows? Please help us replace our minibus. Donate, fundraise, do whatever you can; we really need your support now more than ever.”

To pledge support to Mahdlo contact Claire on or donate directly at