Bag packing helps to raise £500 for the WiSH Upon a Star appeal
Teenagers taking part in a scheme aimed at improving their voluntary links with the community have helped to raise money for a hospital appeal.
Members of the National Citizen Service (NCS) took part in a bag packing and bucket shaking event at the Marks & Spencer store, in Bury St Edmunds, raising a total of £500 for the West Suffolk Hospital’s WiSH Upon a Star appeal.
A total of 13 teenagers, aged 16, mainly from Thurston Community College and the King Edward VI School, took part in the fundraising initiative which ran from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, July 20 and which was organised by Suffolk NCS team leader Emily Kerruish.
The NCS scheme is run over four weeks and follows on from the students completing their GCSEs. They get involved with the community during that time and have also helped a local food bank by running a fundraising quiz night and spent time at a dementia centre as well as taking part in bonding activities including camping and climbing.
Emily said that shoppers were so generous and that the group was also able to raise the awareness of the My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital and the appeal.
Some people gave us £5 notes while others gave us loose change and when we came to count it up we could not believe how much we raised.
“The team have to give 30 hours of their time helping charities in the community and chose My WiSH and they really enjoyed taking part in the bag packing initiative and their time with NCS will be incorporated on their CVs.
“The government really encourages kids to take part and we get some kids from less privileged backgrounds,” she added.
The appeal is aimed at supporting children being cared for and treated at the hospital and Sally Daniels, the appeal manager for My WiSH said: “It is an incredible amount of money and we would like to thank, not only the NCS team, but Marks and Spencer and all their customers for being so generous.”
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured: The girls who took part in the NCS scheme with their team leader Emily Kerruish at the West Suffolk Hospital.