Kettering youth centre and charity to hold summer fete re-opening

Keystone has been undergoing a major refurbishment
Keystone has been undergoing a major refurbishment

A popular youth centre in Kettering is holding a grand summer fete and fundraiser.

Keystone Youth Centre in Rockingham Road has been undergoing a massive revamp including a massive eco re-fit of the building, featuring low-energy lighting, large amounts of insulation, a new energy-efficient heating system and new windows.

Johnny Mackay's mum Denise Mackay, sister Charlotte Mackay, and friends Rachael Nutt and Georgina Barr

Johnny Mackay's mum Denise Mackay, sister Charlotte Mackay, and friends Rachael Nutt and Georgina Barr

And part of the refurbishment will see space set aside for Johnny’s Happy Place, a charity set up to help people with mental health problems.

The fete takes place from midday to 6pm on Sunday, July 19, and there will be a burger van, craft stalls, live music, bouncy castles, ice cream, face-painting and an inflatable sumo run.

The £1 entry fee will go towards fundraising for Johnny’s Happy Place, which was set up after Johnny Mackay died at the age of just 29 after taking his own life on October 23, 2014.

Johnny’s sister Charlotte said: “We wanted to create something in my brother’s memory, so we decided to focus on opening a weekend cafe space which was primarily for people who were feeling lost in life or experiencing mental health problems.

We want to publicise JHP to the community and explain what we are planning on doing.

Charlotte Mackay

“We were soon put in touch with the people in charge of Keystone as they were and still are looking at hiring out the rooms within the building and thought we would be a great organisation to move into the building.

“We’ve spent lots of time and money refurbishing our two rooms over the last couple of months.

“Once we are open properly we will be offering art supplies for people to paint, draw and be creative, pay-what-you-can tea and coffee, an art gallery where local work can be displayed and sold, an open mic area, home-made food, classes such as yoga or creative writing, a book swap area and a pop-up charity shop.

“We are forging links with the council and Citizens Advice and we hope once or twice a month to have an organised drop-in morning for those in crisis who need help with their finances and can talk to professionals from the above organisations.”

The fete will take place on July 19

The fete will take place on July 19

Charlotte said the fete was a chance for Keystone and Johnny’s Happy Place to show off what they have to offer.

She said: “Keystone trustees want to show off the building in order to bring in businesses to create an income and we want to publicise JHP to the community and explain what we are planning on doing.”

JHP will be opening every Saturday as planned from July 25 but not fully as described above.

She said: “We’ll need to spend a few weeks collecting volunteers, organising training and promoting JHP to the community.

“We’ll open as a Saturday community cafe and then at the end of August or beginning of September we’ll open fully.

“We hope we will be able to open during the week eventually too, but we will wait to see what the demand is like!”