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Teenagers sow seeds for their community

They could have taken a well-earned rest from their studies but for a group of caring young people, the summer holidays was a time to learn valuable life skills and support their local hospice. 
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The teenagers, who were all taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) Challenge, visited Saint Francis Hospice on Thursday (July 20th) to work in its beautiful gardens.

And on Friday (July 22) they set up a stand at Romford Market Place where they handed out leaflets about the charity's care and support services that they had made themselves.    
And as well as making new friends, getting involved in tasks and campaigning, they also successfully pitched to Havering Council for £50 to run the awareness stand. National Citizen Service

"Our aim is to make a positive impact in our local community and give young people an opportunity to develop new skills and gain experience," said NCS Senior Mentor Alex Sodimu. 

"At first some people were sceptical about coming to the hospice but after they had been there for the day they were really chuffed with themselves and even said they'd like to come back again in the future."                                NCS team in Romford 

Their work with the hospice came at the end of a four week programme with the NCS, which is a government funded initiative designed to bring young people together with schools, organisations, businesses and individuals so they can learn new skills while benefiting the community in which they live.     

Claire White, Head Gardener at the hospice, said, "We were really impressed with the team and they took on every task they were asked to do with energy and enthusiasm.

"We rely on volunteers to enable us to maintain our gardens which are an important feature of the hospice for patients, visitors and everyone who works here."    

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at the hospice contact the Voluntary Services Department on 01708 758614 or visit sfh.org.uk