Teenagers boost disability charity

Teenagers boost disability charity

TEENAGERS raised £280 for a Dewsbury charity with fundraising events as part of a government-backed scheme.

A team of 12 youngsters taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) gave a cash boost to the Howland Centre on School Street.

Pupils from schools including Mirfield Free Grammar walked from Dewsbury Bus Station to Bradley and back.

The 16- and 17-year-olds followed up the October 25 event with a sale of buns and second-hand clothes at the North Huddersfield Trust School.

While there on November 3 they noted some of the grounds were overgrown and went back a week later to do a tidy-up.

Money raised from their activities was presented at the Howland Centre last Saturday.

One of those who took part was 16-year-old former Castle Hall Academy pupil Maariyah Laher.

Now studying health and social care at Huddersfield New College, she said they looked for a local charity to help.

Maariyah, of Dewsbury, added: “We came together as a group and it was a great feeling to be able to do something that will benefit others.”

At the cheque presentation, youngsters helped set up the Howland Centre’s Christmas decorations.

The centre, also known as the Dewsbury and District League of Friendship for Disabled Persons, supports disabled people through arts projects.

Artist-in-residence and centre manager Deborah Hall said of the NCS pupils: “They’re such lovely young people.

“We’re so pleased they chose to fundraise for us. The NCS is a really good scheme and I’d encourage more young people to get involved.”

n A fundraising coffee morning is held on Wednesdays at the Howland Centre from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Staff would like to thank Hanging Heaton Golf Club for hosting a festive lunch on November 28.

There is also a room available for hire for business meetings or other events. For details, call Deborah Hall at the Howland Centre on 01924 463693.

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