Libby started tweeting after she discovered that the club’s future was uncertain due to a lack of funding and that the only session she attended, girls-only nights, was at risk of being stopped.
Libby's message on Twitter was picked up by a number of tweeters including artist, Pete McKee, a number of Sheffield Steelers players, cake retailer, Fancie, and the Sheffield Star sports journalist, Richard Fidler.
Libby said, “I love this youth club and got quite angry when I heard it might shut down, so I knew I had to do something about it. At first, me and my friends wrote a letter to David Cameron but I also decided to contact celebrities on twitter and ask them to retweet my message about the club’s funding problems. I’ve had nearly 70 retweets!”
One local resident who saw the messages on Twitter was 20:20 Agency’s Sally Rushton, who asked lead singer and close friend Jon McClure, from local band Reverend & the Makers, to make an appearance at the club.
Jon said: “It’s great the youngsters are bothered enough to do something like this.
“They’re great, youth clubs - they give kids something to do when they might otherwise be on a computer or in the park.
“I’ve got mates who play instruments just because they went to youth clubs, so I went to give moral support.
“Youth clubs are a bit old-school but they give a bit of focus to the community.”
Richard Hay, Youth Worker in Charge at Double Six Youth Club said, “It’s fantastic what Libby has achieved and it’s great that the club means so much to her. And it’s not only her, so many of our young people have shown their support.”
“Last week we raised over £200 in a cake sale which inspired a small group of girls to hold their own event and they raised over £70 for the club! We were delighted at their initiative and effort.”
Despite the support, the club’s future is still uncertain and some of the provision has already been affected, including the closure of the facility on Friday nights.
If you can afford to make a donation to the club, contact Richard Hay by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07545 962 015. For more information about the club’s work visit www.double6youthclub.co.uk.
Special thanks to Mark Tierney, one of the best photographers in Sheffield for his support: TIERNEY PHOTOGRAPHY