TWO worthy causes in the district have each received a cash boost from a young people’s organisation.

Funding to the tune of £666 was shared between the Minerva Centre in Hexham, and the town’s Gateway into the Community.

The money was donated by Links Housing and Advice for Young People, which helps younger members of the community make the transition to independent living.

Links trustee George Robinson is also a dedicated Rotarian.

Cheques of £333 were presented on behalf of Links, by Hexham Rotary Club’s outgoing president Andrew Rigg, before he handed over the chain of office to his successor for 2019/20, Miles Middleton.

Margaret Maughan received the cheque on behalf of the Minerva Centre, which improves the lives and opportunities of people with learning difficulties through courses in art, craft and textile design.

Sharyn Castelow represented Gateway into the Community, which provides day services, individual support and group activities to improve living skills.

Recently, the Hexham Courant reported on the handover of the Rotary club presidency, when the incoming Mr Middleton emphasised the need to recruit younger members and to use the experiences of lockdown work more efficiently and to make the club more attractive.