Teen project gives boost to charity

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Teenagers taking part in a government-led scheme that helps personal and social development used pedal power to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The 16 and 17-year-olds are taking part in the National Citizen Service through West Nottinghamshire College and have been doing both residential and community-based activities.

One group cycled the equivalent of 300 miles on exercise bikes at Sutton’s Lammas Leisure Centre for their social action project, while another group clocked up 200 miles in a rowing machine relay challenge for The Halls Homeless Support Project in Mansfield and the Forestry Commission.

Other activities done by the NCS participants include assisting park rangers in cutting back rhododendrons at Clumber Park through a volunteering project with the Forestry Commission, helping remove shrubbery at Silverhill Woods, camping out at Oaklands Manor Outdoor Leadership Centre, in Buxton and completing a residential week at Portland College, Mansfield.

A total of 280 young people are taking part in the college’s NCS projects this year through its spring, summer and autumn schemes.

One of the young people taking part in the project is childcare student Christopher Jackson (17), from Huthwaite.

He said: “In the last four weeks I’ve accomplished a lot on the project.

“I’ve learnt more about myself and met new friends. It’s increased my social skills, as well as my academic, physical and mental skills, and I’d recommend this programme to anyone wanting fresh challenges.”




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