Newcastle-based National Citizen Service (NCS) group decided to do something different this summer and joined forces to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice. During the third phase of their adventure, ‘Social Action’, the young people (all aged between 16 and 17 years old) have been given the freedom to choose any local charity to raise money for. Together they agreed to support the Hospice, raising hundreds of pounds for our Adult and Children services.
NCS Team Leader, Rose Lonsdale, 21, said:
I have been working with the NCS foundation for 3 years now and it’s the best job in the world, I really love it! We give the young people the chance to pick a charity they would like to help and are open to any suggestion. Elliot, one of the young people in the group, did a good pitch about why they should choose St Oswald’s so everyone followed his recommendation. It’s been a good experience working with the Hospice and it was nice to see everyone in the team work so hard to raise money.
Elliot Sheriff, 16, explained his decision to suggest St Oswald’s:
I chose St Oswald’s as I volunteer for their charity shop in Whickham on Saturdays. My dad and I often do fundraising together and he supported the Hospice for many years. I enjoyed fundraising this weekend: our activities included a sponsored walk, garden games and face painting!
Danielle Hardy, 16, said:
Lots of different people take part in the NCS programme, it’s a good mixture. On our first week we went to the Lake District, enjoyed outdoors and team bonding activities. On our second week we lived in a student accommodation and learnt how to live independently; we were given a small budget and had to cook for ourselves. The third week we stayed home and decided to raise money for St Oswald’s. From activities risk assessment to route planning, we figured everything out together. I loved doing it and I would definitely recommend it to others! We really bonded and this experience has made our friendship stronger.
Gabi Ilewicz, 16, added:
It has been fantastic! I’ve never done anything like this before and I really didn’t know much about St Oswald’s but now I do and I can spread the word. I would like to volunteer in my local hospice charity shop and try to do more for the community. The last week has been great and I’ve loved it all. I don’t think I’ve had a single bad day, even the rain didn’t put a dampener on things!
Danielle Harvey, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s added:
It’s been brilliant having the team fundraise for us this past week. I think NCS is a great way to get young people together learning valuable life skills. The fact the last week of the program is to raise money for charity is great, it’s an important part of how many charities thrive and I think it’s important to know you don’t just need a connection to support a charity.
I’m sure Elliot’s pitch would’ve been amazing as I’ve met him before through doing his Duke of Edinburgh award with the Hospice. We can’t forget the whole team though as it has been a team effort this week and we really can’t thank everyone enough!
We would just like to say a massive Thank You to everyone in the NCS team! If you’d like to find out more about fundraising for us, check out our Get Involved section here.