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PHOTOS: X Factor finalist Luke Friend visits Abbotsham charity

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

  • STAR VISIT: Luke Friend visits Wings South West in Abbotsham. Picture: Rob Tibbles. Ref: BNRT20140121D-014_C

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X FACTOR finalist Luke Friend has visited North Devon to find out how Sport Relief has helped a local charity.

The 17-year-old, who came third in the ITV talent show, visited Wings South West, based in Abbotsham, to see how a £120,000 grant has helped its work.

Wings is a charity which offers help for young people not in education, employment or training.

Luke, from Teignmouth, heard what the charity does and met some of the young people involved.

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He also took time out to try his hand at cricket alongside England disability squad player Dan Bowser, who also coaches at Wings.

Luke, who was visiting North Devon for the first time, said: "I have never been here before, but on the drive up it looked really nice."

Luke said he wanted to encourage people to participate in Sport Relief this year, particularly as his dad is involved with the charity.

"I was well up for coming down here when I found out I could do it," he added. "I need to do more sport myself, so I think anything that involves people in sport is a great thing."

Luke is set to be very busy in the coming weeks as he embarks on the X Factor tour.

"I'm going to be back off again next week," he said. "On Saturday I will be in Ireland, then I'll be doing some writing and looking at potential record deals."

James Lewis, Wings youth and NEET (not in education, employment or training) coordinator, said it was great for someone like Luke to come down and visit the charity.

He added the Sport Relief grant which Wings received last year had allowed the charity to do a lot more.

Wings is always on the look out for donations including old cars, quad bikes, scooters and more for their workshop.

To make a donation, ring 01237 472000.

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