A team of fundraising teenagers took to the stalls of Dewsbury market last weekend as hundreds of pounds were raised for a local children’s hospice.
As part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme, girls from across Dewsbury, Batley and Mirfield sold cakes, buns and all sorts of confectionery as money was raised for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
The NCS was set up two years ago by Prime Minister David Cameron as a way of engaging young people with their communities. Working in co-ordination with their local area, school leavers take part in a physical, team building challenge before getting hands on with a project which will help benefit the local community.
This year, the Kirklees group, guided by Team Leader Sofia Buncy, opted to raise money for the Huddersfield-based hospice, which supports children with life limiting conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.
Previously, teams have helped run summer schools and also worked in co-ordination with the LGBT community but this term, Ms Buncy explained how the girls wanted to help a cause closer to their hearts.
“This year was really special,” she explained. “We had Romaine [Maret] come in from Forget Me Not Children’s hospice to speak to the girls about the work that the hospice does and they all wanted to support it in any way they could.
“The girls decided that they wanted to help a cause that can affect anybody and one of our team members was actually battling a long-term illness so by helping this cause in particular it really is close to home.”
After a freezing cold 6am start, the girls soon found their entrepreneurial skills and helped raise a total of £423 by selling their baked goods.
Ms Buncy added: “At first the girls were quite shy and just stayed behind the stall because it was all new to them yet once it got going there was no stopping them.
“They were approaching people, and other traders, with the buns and explaining what the money was being raised for. It was really nice to see them develop their techniques throughout the day and it captured exactly what this program is all about.”