Some of the county’s young people have spent a night sleeping rough to raise money for the region’s YMCA as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
Over 100 teenagers across the region have taken part during their summer holiday, with some groups spending the night outdoors at various locations including the Peterborough United Football Ground, Peterborough Greyhound Stadium and Emmaus.
Benji Dods NCS, Team Leader said: “We had a few concerns about the weather but in the end it stayed dry and some of us even managed a good night’s sleep! We had a great time but the young people were also very aware that to some, sleeping outdoors is a reality every night.
“They have embraced the fundraising effort, using social media to gain support and we are very proud of the time and effort they put in to this aspect of the NCS programme.”
Rod Allerton, Development Director of YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough added: “YMCA has a long standing relationship with NCS and we are delighted at the enthusiasm the young people have shown towards their fundraising.
“The money has been used to purchase starter and welcome packs which are hugely important to those people arriving at our accommodation as many arrive with nothing more than a carrier bag of clothes.
“Sleeping outdoors can feel like a bit of an adventure but these young people have also shown that they have a deep compassion and true understanding of what some people their own age have to go through every night.”
The events form the Social Action part of the NCS scheme which sees young people embark on a four-stage programme which also includes the opportunity to discover new skills and take part in a residential trip.
The events were linked to the YMCA’s Sleep Easy which will see fundraisers spend the night sleeping in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral on Friday 29th September. Last year 31 people took part and raised £6,500.
The entry fee is just £10 per person. If you are interested in taking part please register here:
YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough is one of 133 local YMCAs in England and Wales that, together, support more than 200,000 young people every year.