Dedicated former youth worker Alan Rowe recognised for 'outstanding contribution' to Portishead

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 July 2019

Alan Rowe (left) receiving his award.

Alan Rowe (left) receiving his award.

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A dedicated youth worker who 'played an enormous part in the lives of many young people' has been honoured for his efforts.

A cheque worth £3,000 was handed to Portishead Youth Centre.A cheque worth £3,000 was handed to Portishead Youth Centre.

The 'outstanding contribution' of former Portishead Youth Centre manager Alan Rowe - who recently retired after almost three decades of supporting the town's young people - has been recognised by Portishead Rotary Club.

Alan retired in March after 28 years at the youth centre, overseeing many challenges including a major refurbishment.

The rotary club thanked Alan for his hard work by presenting him with the Paul Harris Fellowship - a prize given to reward people who have gone beyond the call of duty.

Tony Mosely, club president, said: "We have recognised the outstanding contribution Alan made to the community when he led the youth centre.

"Alan spent 28 years providing opportunities for young people to develop and has played an enormous part in the lives of so many young people.

"The fellowship is the highest award the rotary club can give to anyone for what they have done in their community."

Upon the announcement of his retirement, Alan said he had enjoyed the 'privilege to work with a vast number of very talented and committed people' in Portishead.

In addition to paying thanks to Alan's efforts, the rotary club has also donated thousands of pounds to the youth centre this week.

Youth centre manager Kim Jones was presented with a £3,000 cheque to support the organisation's 'fantastic work' with children.

The lion's share of the cash - £2,250 - was collected at the club's popular Swimathon, which took place in March and saw more than 500 people take to the pool at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre to swim a total of 91 miles.

The cash has been topped up by a £750 grant, which will be used to help pay for the installation of solar panels at the youth centre - as it works to reduce its carbon footprint.

Tony added: "Rotary recognises the importance of looking after the environment so we wanted to support the solar panels initiative.

"As well as helping the environment the surplus electricity, which is fed back into the grid, is helping to fund the fantastic work that is taking place in the youth centre."

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