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Millwall show support for local youth club refurbishment

14 October 2015

Lions stars get involved during busy week of work

Four Millwall players got their hands dirty on Monday as they took part in a refurbishment going on at the Red Lion Youth Club in Surrey Quays.

Ben Thompson, Alfie Pavey, Fred Onyedinma and Sid Nelson, along with representatives of Millwall For All, volunteered some of their time to help out in a DIY SOS being delivered by Tesco throughout this week.

The Red Lion Youth Club, which is opposite Surrey Quays train station on Hawkstone Road, has been run by John and Maureen Motton for more than 10 years, who have done so without ever taking holidays on top of funding its day-to-day running by themselves.

They support up to 100 young people every week, with the club open between 5-9pm Monday to Friday all year round. Inside the Red Lion is an art room as well as a music room, and the club has also been known to run multiple football teams over the years, with Tesco now looking to support the one currently in existence.

The SOS team will be working at the Red Lion until Friday of this week, painting and cleaning one of the rooms as well as providing a new television and microwave plus plenty more.

Julie Nottingham, Tesco Community Champion for Westminster and Southwark, said: "We do four big projects a year and part of this one was to find a local youth project whose centre needed a little bit of TLC. I came to see Maureen and John, who have been doing the job for over a decade, spending their own time giving something back to the community and we're delighted to be able to give them a little bit of help in refurbishing the Red Lion."

Paint, scaffolding and other building equipment has been donated for the cause and various tradesmen have also giving up their time to assist this week. But Julie and her colleagues are still looking for some additional help so if any Lions fans wish to volunteer by turning up and taking some part in the refurbishment then they are welcomed to do so.

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