Students give charities funding bonanza

Three of the students with NCS co-ordinator for Groundwork Amy Dawber
Three of the students with NCS co-ordinator for Groundwork Amy Dawber

GENEROUS students have gone the extra mile for good causes by raising an impressive £1,300 for two charities.

Young people from St Helens raised the amount while taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) personal development programme run by environmental regeneration charity Groundwork.

The fund-raising students

The fund-raising students

The students from Rainhill Sixth Form, Cowley International College and Carmel College held cake sales and a sponsored own clothes day for charity, with the proceeds going to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Steve Prescott Foundation.

They wrapped more than £1,000 of gifts bought with money they raised to donate to children spending Christmas in the Liverpool hospital.

Rugby league also showed its appreciation of the group’s efforts for the Steve Prescott Foundation, with Sydney Roosters player and England international Joe Burgess presenting their graduation certificates.

Groundwork’s director of employment and skills Colin Greenhalgh said: “We’re delighted to be managing the NCS programme in St Helens because, like Groundwork, it changes places and changes lives. 

“This group of young people should be really proud of themselves for completing the programme and raising an incredible amount of money for charity in such a short space of time. We’d like to wish them every success for the future.”

The group spent four days team building at a location and also took part in a series of workshops and delivered a social action project to make a positive difference in their community.

Run by Groundwork in partnership with Ingeus, the NCS personal development programme gives young peopled aged 16 and 17 the chance to meet people, increase confidence and improve their career prospects.

The next NCS programme in St Helens starts in February 2016. To find out more, ring 01942 821444 or visit www.groundwork.org.uk/clm