Young Westonians aim to ‘start journey into adulthood’ with charity campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:30 23 July 2017

The young people taking part in the National Citizen Service.

The young people taking part in the National Citizen Service.

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A group of teenagers will give up their free time to raise money and awareness for a good cause.

Youngsters taking part in the National Citizen Service programme will be painting Weston-super-Mare purple in the name of charity this summer.

The service, which is a Government-funded scheme, aims to provide young people with the opportunity to gain new life skills and work-related skills.

In the final weeks of the programme the teams, made up of students aged 14-17, will take part in the social action project.

They will aim to raise and create awareness for a chosen charity, which is Bristol-based Jessie May Children’s Hospice.

Group representative Tasha Foley said: “We wanted to choose something which would make a difference to the people of Weston and impact the community.

“The Jessie May Trust provides specialist care nurses for children aged 19 and under across North Somerset who have complex medical needs and have a life expectancy less than 19 years old.

“As a group we are hoping to raise awareness so the charity can get more sponsors from locally-based businesses, as well as donations from the public.”

The groups will be walking up and down Weston High Street from tomorrow (Monday) to Thursday and ‘painting the town purple’ with a number of activities to raise money for the charity, including a face-in-the-hole picture board and raffles.

The teenagers have worked with Weston business to source materials for the campaign and goodies to hand out to raise awareness, including balloons, leaflets and official T-shirts.

Passersby will also be able to enter a competition, run by the National Lottery, to help the charity win £25,000 – which would pay a nurses salary for a year.

Tasha added: “We would like to start our journey into adulthood on a positive note, and help remove the stigma around people in our age group, and show the community we are a caring group of people who want to give back and help change peoples lives.

“We believe through this programme we build confidence and new life skills which we will carry with us forever.”

To find out more about the NCS, visit www.ncsyes.co.uk

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