In response to a presentation about the demand for our holiday clubs, a group of young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) organised a number of fundraising activities in Thanet this summer.
NCS is a government funded scheme for 15-17 year-olds, where groups take part in social action projects designed to improve their local communities.
During the presentation, the fundraising team discussed the group’s plans for the summer and explained why young people with a learning disability cannot always take part in these activities. This inspired groups to fundraise for our Youth Services, setting themselves a target of £500.
Together, the group organised a bucket collection at Westwood Cross, a sponsored sleepover at St Andrews Church Hall in St Peters, a sponsored walk from Ramsgate to Margate and a sponsored leg wax (for the boys). Through these activities, the group surpassed their target and raised just under £1,200.
“We chose to support East Kent Mencap because we wanted children with a learning disability to enjoy the school holidays as much as we do,” commented the group. “We hope that the money we raised will fund future holiday clubs.”
Children & Youth Manager, Ange Brown, said: “We’re busier than ever this year with our holiday clubs and Saturday clubs, and this money will help fund specialist equipment for young people with communication difficulties to help them express themselves, plus we can plan some great outings and activities in the community. Thank you NCS!”[Siobhan Rose O’Gorman]