SOUTH Holland youngsters have described the satisfaction gained from giving up their summer holidays to serve the community.
About 20 teenagers from Spalding and the surrounding area volunteered for National Citizen Service (NCS) a four-week Government scheme for community-minded 16 and 17-year-olds keen on making a difference where they live.
The group built a crazy golf course out of materials donated free of charge by local businesses for the enjoyment of elderly people attending Fulney Hall Day Centre in Spalding.
The youngsters’ planning and teamwork skills were also tested to the limit when they had to plan a charity fashion show held at Spalding Youth Centre which raised more than £200 for Cancer Research UK.
Jasmine Myland (16), from Spalding, said: “Someone came to my school and talked about NCS which I thought would look good on my CV.
“I wanted to do something with my summer and if I didn’t volunteer for the scheme, I would have been sat at home doing nothing.”
Bethany Walker (16), from Spalding, said: “We spent first work in Caythorpe, near Grantham, where we got to know each other and worked on our group bonding skills.
“The second week was spent at an environmental centre near Boston where we had a taste of student life, cooking, cleaning and working together.”
The group then had a week to plan their community projects before carrying them out in the fourth and final week.
Alistair Crisp (16), from Spalding, said: “The crazy golf course and fashion show weren’t things we originally thought of doing, but both were amazing experiences and the memories from NCS will stay with us forever.”