GROUPS of teenagers have given up their summer holidays to help deserving causes.
Youngsters from Midhurst, Petworth and Chichester spent four weeks fundraising and making a difference in the community through the National Citizen Service (NCS).
Adele, Sophie, Rhiannon and Angus from the NCS Chichester North group have been in Petworth washing cars, selling raffle tickets and collecting raffle prizes from businesses.
The group also had a stall at Chichester Market, in the Cattle Market car park, selling cakes, bric-a-brac and more raffle tickets before going to West Sussex County Council’s headquarters and selling cakes and raffle tickets to the staff there.
Adele said: “Our efforts concluded with an open mic night at the Swan Inn in Midhurst where we sold lots of tickets to friends and family. So far, we have raised around £800 for The Chestnut Tree House.”
The NCS is open to all 16 and 17 year olds in England.
Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
Rhiannon added: “Our cohort decided after much deliberation on Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice in Arundel. We found this charity to be something that we really wanted to support as we were all touched by the stories of the children there.”
The team have given up their free time, organising events to help those in need.
“Once we had chosen The Chestnut Tree House, we embarked on our journey to raise as much money as possible for them,” said Angus.
“We have been working very hard and hope to make a difference to Chestnut Tree House and the families who use their services. Overall this experience has made us all much more aware of our community and what we can do to get involved and help make it better place.”
Sophie added: “We would like to say a massive thank you to all of those who donated and helped us to make this possible.
“This experience will compare to no other.
“We are now going out into the world armed with new friends and skills that will prepare us for the future.”