Teenagers undertaking National Citizen Service have raised more than £500 for charity by holding a gig in Bury St Edmunds.
As part of their social action project, the group of 15 youngsters hosted a music night at So Bar in Langton Place in aid of Young Minds.
‘Team Gary’ started with no money and a five day deadline but held a car boot sale, which boosted funds by a further £100, and were generously supported by Bury businesses and musicians at the gig on August 27.
While performers Becca Rose and Zac Makro, both 16, played guitar and sang, raffle tickets and cakes were sold to the crowd.
Other musicians included jazz pieces on the sax by Katy Rochford, piano and singing by India Steggall, folk music by Tilly Dalglish and band Seven Lies Safe, and singing and guitar led by Andrea.
“It was really successful. Lots of people turned up - it was a good night,” said Bronwyn Jacobs.
Team Gary chose to support Young Minds - a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people - because a number of their family and friends had benefitted from the service.
To donate to the team, go to www.justgiving.com/Team-Gary1
Another group taking part in NCS will be ‘going 1,000 for 1,000 smiles’ by cycling 1,000 minutes - 16.5 hours - from Bury to Norwich, then on to Ipswich before returning to Bury, leaving at 5am on September 26.
“We have chosen to raise money for Suffolk Young Carers and Cancer Research because we as a group have all been directly affected by these causes,” said Laura Reeve.
To donate, go to www.just giving.com/teams/going1000