Henlow youngsters’ fun day raises more than £2,600 for Muscular Dystrophy UK

The NCS youngsters who raised money for Muscular Dystrophy UK fundraisers with the Henlow fun day. P

The NCS youngsters who raised money for Muscular Dystrophy UK fundraisers with the Henlow fun day. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

A fun day in Henlow organised by a group of youngsters has raised more than £2,600 to support people living with muscle disorders.

James Baker entertains the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

James Baker entertains the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

The 15 young people from the National Citizen Service had live music, bouncy castles, a penalty shootout and much more at the Henlow Park Pavilion yesterday, and have raised a grand total of £2,663.40 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

More than one of the team have family members affected by one of the 60 types of muscular dystrophy – and 16-year-old Chloe White said helping this cause meant a huge amount to them.

She told the Comet: “The money from this allows researchers to take an extra step into finding treatment and hopefully a cure for muscular dystrophy.

“So as it is close to the hearts of our team, it all means so much.

Rachel Dickens and Geraldine Buckley enjoy the day out. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Rachel Dickens and Geraldine Buckley enjoy the day out. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant


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“The highlight of the day for me was finding out how much money we raised. The majority of our team guessed between £500 and £800, so finding out the actual amount was a really proud moment for us.

“On behalf of my team I would like to thank our family members who supported us throughout the whole process. I would also like to thank the companies who kindly gave their time to help, and everyone who came and everyone who donated.

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“Finally i would like to thank our team leader and team assistant, Callum Fairhead and Tasha Rowe, who supported us and helped us throughout the whole journey. From the first day of NCS to the event they have been there helping us push ourselves to do new things – so thank you both so much.”

Several businesses set up for free on the day, including Saffron Walden Bouncy Castles, Bapstars and First Step – who lent gazebos – and team member Taylor Codling’s mum Paula raised £400 by running the bar.

The fun day raised a total of £1,083.40, which will go to the charity along with funds raised in the run-up to the day.

Muscular dystrophy is normally inherited from parents and affects more than 70,000 people in the UK.

You can still donate to the team’s fundraising at justgiving.com/fundraising/imogen-anthony1.

NCS is a voluntary social development programme for teens aged 15 to 17, designed to help them build skills for life.

To find out more see ncsyes.co.uk.

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