A YOUTH cafe is threatened with closure after a bid for £500,000 in Lottery cash was rejected.
Shakers Bar in Askern attracts around 300 youngsters a week and had put in a bid to try to secure its long term future.
Now it is faced with trying to raise £20,000 to keep it running in the short term.
The alcohol-free bar is the only one of its sort in Doncaster.
Project manager Howard Connell said: “We should be able to keep going just for two or three months, but it’s gong to be difficult.”
Shakers was originally set up by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, a scheme set up using European cash.
The custom-built base on Askern High Street only opened its doors last spring.
It offers a juice bar, televisions, games consoles, a juke box and activities for 11 to 18 year olds.
Mr Connell is appealing to businesses to help with running costs. Log on to www.shakerscafe.co.uk for details.