Artwork donated to youth support network Twenty10 raised more than $10,000 towards plans for a western Sydney base last week.

Twenty10 executive officer Meredith Turnbull said the area of greatest need was now the western suburbs and the organisation was looking to provide an outreach that was accessible and could be shared with the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service.

One of the artists whose work went on sale at the Mechanical Institute last Friday, Erskineville’s Tori Spooner, had been a youth worker at Twenty10. Her untitled piece was purchased by Sydney Star Observer publishing editor Scott Abrahams.

Being able to do this [donate art] is just another way of supporting Twenty10 with the great work it does. For me, it’s an honour, Spooner said.

She had recently returned to teaching music, but said her three years conscripting the Twenty10 youth into creative projects like the film Stray was highly rewarding.

It can be pretty heavy, there’s a lot of responsibility that goes with working here. The staff at Twenty10 are often the safest adults these kids will know, but we’re not here to be friends -” we’re here to offer choices and support.

Two previous art shows by Twenty10 were donated works by the network’s youth clients.

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