A youth charity’s anniversary celebrations were kicked off in style by a Royal visitor.
The Duke of Kent visited Endeavour’s new headquarters on Earl Marshal Road in Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, and helped to launched its 60th anniversary celebrations. The Queen’s cousin has been patron of the charity, which provides classes for teenagers not in mainstream education or work, for 35 years.
The charity purchased the former Grimesthorpe Primary School at the end of 2013 and moved their headquarters from Chesterfield.
Chief executive Les Roberts said: “Grimesthorpe is exactly where Endeavour needs to be - we have a mission to support young people who need extra guidance and support and there are very many of them in this area that need our help.
“We won’t waste our charitable donations on expensive offices in central London. We spend our funds on those who need it - young disadvantaged people.
“We are aiming to refurbish our stunning Victorian building, and make it available to them as a safe environment where they can learn, enjoy themselves and make a successful transition into being responsible tax paying adults.”
A range of events is planned over the next 12 months, many raising funds for Endeavour.
Mr Roberts said: “Our anniversary heralds both an opportunity to reflect on Endeavour’s achievements to date, but also to look forward with excitement and anticipation to the achievements to come.”
Mountaineers Neil Corry, John Pomfret, and John Hamill spoke at the event about their climb up Mount Everest in May 2015. The trio will take Endeavour’s flag to the summit. And long-standing members of the charity were interviewed by youngsters as part of a project called Endeavours Heroes, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to help capture their memories.