Pupils see stars and stripes for a fund-raising party

Cheque presentation from pupils at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, to Henry Dancer Days.'Left to right: Manager of Leading Link Lyn Horton, NCS participants and KEVI students Emma Ward, Molly Simm, Elizabeth Labrum and Harrison Sleet,  Jane Nattrass from Henry Dancer Days and Mark Wickens, Assistant Headteacher, King Edward VI School.
Cheque presentation from pupils at King Edward VI School, Morpeth, to Henry Dancer Days.'Left to right: Manager of Leading Link Lyn Horton, NCS participants and KEVI students Emma Ward, Molly Simm, Elizabeth Labrum and Harrison Sleet, Jane Nattrass from Henry Dancer Days and Mark Wickens, Assistant Headteacher, King Edward VI School.

Community-spirited students have fulfilled their American dream to raise funds for charity.

Four pupils from Morpeth’s King Edward VI School (KEVI) organised a fund-raising American-themed party for their classmates.

The event formed part of their work for the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, which offers 15 to 17-year-olds the opportunity to develop leadership skills, try new experiences and give something back to their communities.

The initiative includes a Social Action project in which participants have to plan and deliver an event or activity for the benefit of the wider community, such as band nights, holiday activities for young people or charity events.

The KEVI group of Elizabeth Labrum, Emma Ward, Harrison Sleet and Molly Simm hit on the idea of a party, raising £211 for Henry Dancer Days, which was set up by former KEVI pupil Jane Nattrass in memory of her son to support families of young people with bone cancer osteosarcoma.

Mrs Nattrass said: “We are extremely grateful to these young people for considering our charity as part of their NCS work.

This project is a prime example of how NCS helps our teenagers to connect to their local community.

Mark Wickens, Assistant Headteacher King Edward VI School

“The fact that they raised £211, and did it completely off their own backs, is incredible. We are just so thankful.”

The programme is supported by charity Leading Link, which acts as a major delivery partner for Northumberland County Council.

Manager Lyn Horton said: “The National Citizen Service programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people in this area to develop skills and experience something life-changing.

“Although the Social Action element of the programme is key, we were amazed to hear that Elizabeth, Emma, Harrison and Molly had taken it upon themselves to organise this event and raise a huge amount of money for a local charity that is making a real difference.

“It is a testament to the NCS programme and their school that they have achieved this.”

King Edward VI School is a keen supporter of the initiative, and dozens more students have signed up to take part.

Assistant Headteacher Mark Wickens said: “This project is a prime example of how NCS helps our teenagers to connect to their local community through a project designed and delivered by them.

“Over 100 students from King Edward’s have signed up to the NCS summer programme this year. It just shows that this type of initiative really helps to prepare and develop our young people for the future.”