Record-breaking conga bid raises funds for centre

Mayor Kim Forward and Mufti the Monkey
Mayor Kim Forward and Mufti the Monkey

XTRAX young people’s centre is throwing open the invitation for people to join what they hope will be a record-breaking conga.

On Saturday, November 19, they will attempt to break the world record for the longest distance travelled by conga.

The sponsored ‘congathon’ will see 11 people, including young people, staff, and volunteers from Xtrax, as well as Princes Trust Team volunteers, conga from the town hall on a 7km route.

Mayor Kim Forward will kick off the event at 9.45am, after which the conga gang will wind their way around town accompanied by bands and drummers before finishing back at the town hall at 5pm, for the grand finale.

Andrew Batsford, Xtrax project manager, said: “Come and support us by joining the conga.

“It’s all about raising the profile of Xtrax.”

The ‘congathon’ is just one of the fundraising events that form part of the Xtrax Big Week, from November 21 to 27, during which the centre, based at The America Ground, in Harold Place, is hoping to raise £50,000.

Andrew is urging the people of Hastings and St Leonards to get behind Xtrax and the young people of their community.

He said: “This amount represents about half of the year’s money needed to keep the centre going.

“Xtrax is the only youth centre in Hastings town centre, but we will be looking to close in March next year, if we don’t raise this money.”

Other events during the week include the Mayor’s challenge, to take place on Wednesday, November 23.

Mayor Kim Forward will take on Xtrax as her charity of the week, and on the Wednesday will, along with Mufti the Monkey, aim to visit every primary school in the town.

Many schools will be holding a mufti day in their honour, to raise money for Xtrax.

For a full programme of events see next week’s Observer. For more information call 01424 722524, visit, or email