South Holland’s great citizens of the future

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Meet The Squad – a group of young people who prove there is absolutely nothing wrong with the younger generation.

The youngsters from Spalding and surrounding villages gave up four weeks of their summer to take part in National Citizen Service, a voluntary programme for 16 and 17 year olds who want to develop themselves socially and personally while giving something back to the community.

The 14 young people – Felix Bijoy, Alice Crossland, Georgina Samwell, Rebecca Yeldham, Courtney Gostic, Esme Atkin, Harriet Cawkwell, mentor Steph Wilkinson, Lucy Peters, Alice Banks, Zoe Robinson, Ellen Martin, George Blake, Beth Morse and Molly Sergeant – took part in team building activities and acquired skills in business, media and charity challenges before spending two weeks volunteering at and fundraising for the Pennygate Foundation in Spalding.

The foundation helps local, vulnerable people, feeding homeless people and providing a safe space for young mothers to meet and chat, as well as having a games room for teenagers and a community cafe, all run by Brenda Wickham.

The youngsters helped wallpaper and paint rooms and outside fences and gates, but also raised £420 with car washes, a static cycle ride, a bingo afternoon and bag pack.

However, the biggest fundraiser was a sponsored sleep out.

Steph says: “My team were inspired by the work the Pennygate Foundation does for local homeless people and decided to spend a night sleeping rough to understand it.

“I am hugely proud of all of them for being dedicated to the cause and turning their hand to everything, while always in such good spirits.”