Dressed up and ready for fundraising effort

These young people are with the National Citizen Service and were collecting money for several charities in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, on Saturday, September 7.
These young people are with the National Citizen Service and were collecting money for several charities in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, on Saturday, September 7.

Teenagers donned fancy dress to raise cash for good causes that have touched their hearts.

The youngsters collected donations in Hemel Hempstead’s town centre on Saturday ahead of a fundraising music afternoon the following day at Hemel Stags rugby club.

They organised the events as part of a National Citizens Service project, a government run initiative for thosed aged 15 to 17 that aims to bridge the gap between education and employment.

Five bands played at the Sunday event, which raised money for Make A Wish, Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Refuge, Brain Tumour UK, Save the Children and the Hospice of St Francis.

Team leader Paula Templeman said: “They have all got personal connections to one or several of the charities.

“We haven’t got a total amount raised yet but we are estimating, based on sponsorship they have already got, the money raised on Saturday and what we were handed on Sunday, we currently stand at about £600.”

The group was made up of 14 young people from Hemel Hempstead, Tring and Watford. They are Jenny Bacon, Joshua Sargeant, Suzie Baker, Lawrence Baker, Danielle Biddle, Abbie Hussey, Bridie Hatch, Molly Bayliss, Jeremy Snate, Berakah Amayaw, Amy Natchell, Anam Kamal, Samantha Corr and Ellie Evans.