Fun day aids worthy cause

Thursday 4th October 2012

As part of their Social Action Project, a group of young people taking part in NCS with the Trust, decided to revamp the Northfleet Youth Centre.

They painted the hard-court area at Northfleet Youth Centre, based in Gravesend, which was covered in graffiti and generally looking run down.

They then held a fun day at the renovated Youth Centre recently, to raise money for the Ellenor Lions Hospices Trust.

The group put a lot of effort into promoting the fun day by designing a poster and contacting local businesses to generate support and donations for the cause. They even contact singer Olly Murs and managed to get some signed items to place in a raffle.

A number of activities were on show at the fun day including cake stalls, stock, face painting, raffles, an inflatable football pitch and music.

The day proved a huge success, raising nearly £200 for the Ellenor Lions Hospices Trust.

Kim Dixson, the Trust’s Bexley Targeted Officer, said, ‘I feel the group worked really well together and that’s why it was so successful. I didn’t have to do a lot as they took charge and did it all themselves. I was quite shocked with some things they achieved such as contacting Olly Murs and getting signed items. All the young people put a lot of effort in and really enjoyed taking ownership of their own project’.

Jak Elmes, aged 16, who was part of the NCS group, added, ‘The fun day went well, there weren’t as many people as I expected as it wasn’t in a public place, but it was a lot of fun. The group worked well as a team, helping each other out and swapping stools’.