A barbecue organised by a group of teenagers in St Albans raised hundreds of pounds for charity as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) Day of Action.
More than £350 was raised for the St Albans based suicide-prevention charity The OLLIE foundation on March 18 by the teenagers whose barbecue and bake sale proved popular despite the cold weather.
Amy DeCastillo, 17, from St Albans, completed the NCS programme last summer and has since gone on to contribute her time and ideas to the NCS regional youth board. She volunteered for the OLLIE Foundation during her NCS experience and was keen to support them again during Action Day.
She said: “Action Day is a great opportunity to give something back to your local community, while also being part of a national event which celebrates the contribution young people can make.
“NCS has genuinely changed my life and so it was important to support a charity that helps young people who feel much less empowered.”
Verity Bramwell, coordinator at the charity who supported the NCS team’s sausage sizzle, said: “The NCS team did brilliantly well, working in freezing conditions and raising a fabulous amount to help fund our suicide intervention skills training.
“Young people listen to other young people and it has been inspiring to see the NCS team take ownership of the fundraiser.”
Picture Courtesy of OLLIE Foundation