A group of teenagers are taking part in a sponsored three mile walk in Bury St Edmunds today as part of a social action project for their National Citizen Service.
The festive-looking group consists of Katie Pugh and Ross Morley, both aged 16 from Haverhill, Tyler Kemp, 18, and Joseph Bentum, 17, both from Ipswich, and co-team leaders Sofia Magalhaes, 22, and Annabelle Ramsey, 31, both from Bury.
They are raising funds and collecting food donations for the Crack On Foundation, a charity which aims to motivate and empower the under-25s and delivers food baskets to families in need at Christmas.
“It’s about helping others out, raising awareness and making new friends,” said Ross.
He hopes to get involved with the delivery of the baskets in order to see first hand what a difference the group’s fund-raising has made.
“We went to the Mildenhall Crack On centre and all enjoyed it so we thought we’d give something back,” said Katie, who is keen to raise enough funds to feed at least 30 families.
“I think it’s a nice thing to support because you never know when you might need help,” she added.
“That one basket of food (each one costs £10) can make a real difference on Christmas Day,” said Sofia.
Today’s walk marks the end of the group’s NCS program, which focuses on personal and social development including leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
Katie said the experience had been ‘life-changing’ for all involved and had helped to develop their confidence.
Annabelle said: “Teenagers get so much bad press that it’s important to see how much this group have put their hearts into all this. It’s good to let people know that they are active members of society who really care about things.”
The Crack On Foundation opened a shop in Brentgovel Street, Bury, around six months ago.
To find out more about the charity, go to www.crackon.org/
To find out more about NCS, go to www.ncsyes.co.uk/