Teenagers take on Midhurst charity camp-out challenge

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A group of inspirational teenagers are taking on a challenge to help their community and raise funds and awareness of two charities.

It is part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer programme bringing together 16 and 17 year olds to help build their confidence and inspire long-term change through community-based action projects.

The Midhurst NCS team has pledged to help with three different projects. It is also renovating Stedham campsite, which is owned by the Midhurst Youth Trust and is used by youth groups including schools.

As well as their sponsored camp-out the youngsters are producing a video to raise awareness of teenage mental health issues.

Amy Carver told the Observer: “I am doing this to help the society around me and to be in a team. We are re-building a set of steps at Stedham campsite to make them safer and easier to use.

“We are also painting the toilet shed. By doing work for them we are helping preserve the opportunities for the new experiences gained on this valuable site.”

She said the group had also decided to raise awareness of teenage mental health issues.

“We are gaining sponsorship to support The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund, as it is to help people suffering from mental illness by increasing awareness of where people can get help while reducing stigma surrounding it.

“We would be very grateful for donations. This money will help support the work the charity does even more, and allow them to reach out to help more people in need.”

Donations can be made through the group’s Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Midhurst-NCS

Other members of the group include Charlie Parsonage, 16, from Petworth, Chloe Wood, 16, Cora Dee, 16, and Victoria Marley, 16, all from Midhurst, Natalya Brash, 16, from Fittleworth, Georgia Waterhouse, 16, from Haslemere, Samuel Spice, 16, from Petersfield, Chloe Robinson, 16, from Fernhurst, Amber Denyer, 16, from Milland, Rafi Meighan, 17, and Will Dunn, 16, from Stedham, and Ayesha Arran, 16, from Easebourne.