Volunteers of the National Citizenship Service (NCS) smashed their target of £500 last week, raising a total of £705.98 for East Kent Mencap (EKM) – which will go towards supporting young people with learning disabilities in Thanet.
NCS Volunteer Mia Rodriguez (17) commented: ‘We really enjoyed the experience, telling the public about the charity and asking them to support it. Great to hear many people in Thanet have heard of the work they have done and gave generously so thankyou to everyone we met!’
Beginning with bucket collections around Margate town centre last Tuesday and Wednesday (5-6th), the group went on to organise a funday held at the Queen’s Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs on Friday (8th), where they teamed up with another local NCS group fundraising for Cancer Research.
‘Thankyou to everyone who donated raffle prizes towards the funday!’
Using Virgin Moneygiving to generate sponsorship, group members walked a 10 mile journey from Ramsgate to Margate on Saturday, earning every penny for local charity EKM:
‘I’m so proud of the guys for being 100% dedicated throughout, along with many others- which has been made apparent by the resulting amount raised and the happy, proud faces on the day’
Children & Youth Coordinator for EKM, Ange Brown shows her gratitude on behalf of the organisation saying:
‘We’re looking forward to our Summer youth club starting on Monday (18th) as many young people with learning disabilities, unlike other school-kids don’t get the chance to see friends out of term time.
The amount raised by this group of volunteers will cover the cost of 10 bowling sessions for 40 young people with additional needs and so creates more chances for friends to meet and get involved with activities in the community. Thanks guys!’