Cheryl's charity to open centre in Newcastle
Cheryl's charity is to open a new centre in Newcastle "this summer".
The 33-year-old singer set up Cheryl's Trust together with The Prince's Trust charity in order to help vulnerable young people in the UK, and has revealed a new centre in her hometown will be opened later this year with the hopes of supporting disadvantaged young people in the North East of England.
Posting a message to her fans on Instagram on Thursday (16.02.17), the former Girls Aloud singer said: "I am so happy and excited to tell you that after a 5 year relationship with @PrincesTrust and a 2 year mission along with Cheryl's Trust we have finally found a centre in the heart of Newcastle that will be opened this summer! Part of me is still pinching myself! I wanted to say a personal thank you to each and every one of you that got involved and donated money and items/your time over the years to help me get this off the ground. Thank you thank you thank you! And for your continued love and support, I am eternally grateful. Here's to changing lives. I love you (sic)"
The 'I Don't Care' hitmaker - who is expecting a baby with her boyfriend Liam Payne - said later in a statement she was "proud" to call Newcastle her home, but is "too aware" of the problems young people face growing up in the city.
She said: "I'm proud of where I grew up but I'm only too aware of the challenges that young people face. Opportunities often seem pretty limited and I saw so many friends who had loads of potential fall into a life of alcohol, drugs and crime. Too many young people are wasting their lives away because they feel they have no one to turn to."
The brunette beauty is determined to "give back" to her community and make sure young people get the chance to "live a happy life".
She added: "My life could have turned out very differently ... I know how lucky I am. That's why I am raising money to open the new Centre in Newcastle. I want to give back and help young people who feel like they'll never achieve anything reach their dreams and live a happy life."