Cool News: Darth Vadar steps in to save Bristol youth club
A struggling youth centre has found a powerful new ally in its fight to stay open – Darth Vader.
Southmead Youth Centre in Bristol is desperate for funding as it faces losing all financial support from the local council next year.
David, 78, has agreed to lend his image to their cause to keep it open – and prevent youngsters in the rundown area straying to the Dark Side.
He said: “I still come back to Bristol regularly and I am keen to support the campaign to keep Southmead Youth Centre open in any way I can.
“If using my image as Darth Vader can help the people of my old home keep their facilities up and running then it’s my way of saying thank you to the community where I grew up.
“As someone who has used this youth centre during my time in Bristol, I know how important it is for children in the community.
“There are so many businesses around the area making money and this is exactly the type of cause that they should be contributing to.”
David, who played Darth Vader in the first three Star Wars films, grew up in Southmead and first became interested in bodybuilding and acting when he visited the centre as a youth.
He added: “I remember we used to play a lot of table tennis and other sports.
“Youth centres are very, very important for getting kids away from trouble and into doing something constructive, whether it’s sports activities or whatever, and meeting children of their own age.”
Under current plans Bristol City Council is set to withdraw the funding needed to keep the building running.
It is one of nine centres across the city which is set to be managed by a new consortium but controversially there are no plans in place to run youth services from the building.