Police, fire and youth workers worked with a team of 13 to 17-year-olds from the village to revamp what was described as 'a battered and bruised' Land Rover 110 Defender Station Wagon in a South Holland District Council workshop. Police Community Support Officer Ben Harrington said, 'There have been problems with anti-social behaviour in Sutton Bridge so we were looking for something specific for the kids to do. A few of the kids said they wanted to do something with cars. We were going to pass the finished Defender to a charity working in Africa but they no longer needed it, so I started trawling the internet and was delighted to learn that one of these vehicles was on another charity’s wish-list.'
Mechanic Stuart Coote added, 'I am proud of the group and would work with them anytime and do what I can to support them.
The mainstays of the teenage team have been Karl Tear, Sam Bacon, Martyn Kennett, Daisy Kilbon and Anthony Hughes. Two other teenagers Matthew Fuller and Ryan Gowler were also involved. Their work is accredited with an Asdan qualification. Anthony said, 'This has given me new skills in working on a Land Rover, working as a team and getting on with a different variety of people.'
The team is preparing to take the 110 down to Portsmouth, Hampshire, to hand over the keys to new owners, The Second Chance Children’s Charity, which works with children from difficult and complex backgrounds. From there, charity workers will ship the Land Rover out to Finland where it will be used to transport youngsters.