A PROJECT launched by former rugby league star John Stankevitch to help underprivileged children has been given a big boost.

The Widnes dad-of-three set up a charity, the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation, in memory of his late mum Cathie, 54, who was killed in a tragic road accident in September 2015.

Premises donated by the Karalius family on Dennis Road have been transformed into an activity hub for young people.

John, 37, from Hough Green, said: "The building was a shell and a mess but the actual refurbishment has not cost us a penny because of all the help we have had from local businesses.

"The cost of the work is estimated at £38,000. It is tremendous that all the labour and materials have been donated in kindness.

"Howdens donated, supplied and fitted a kitchen."

The finishing touches are now being made to the building and it is set to open shortly.

Local martial arts instructor Steve James has teamed up with John to boost the confidence of children and young people.

John added: "We are hoping to offer martial arts and self defence sessions."

Steve, who owns the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools has donated sets of focus pads to the charity.

For more information about the charity visit cathiestankevitchfoundation.co.uk.