National Citizen Service is a government supported organisation that allows young people to take full control in planning and putting into action a social action project.
This project aims to benefit the local community and to also leave a lasting legacy. A local group choose the Uckfield Foodbank.
One of the group Beth Gumbrell told Uckfield FM:
‘Together we chose to support the Uckfield Food Bank, not only because we see it as a worthy cause but also because 1 member of our group benefited from a food bank for 6 years making this a cause that means a lot to us. We believe that there is not enough awareness within Uckfield regarding how people can help their community in the local food bank’
‘Today, Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th August (all day) and Wednesday 8th (morning), we will be in Tesco and on the streets handing out the leaflets. In Tesco we will also be handing out the “shopping lists” which list items that the Uckfield Food Bank really need right now. In addition to this Miles and I will be busking to raise money for the charity and any resources that we need’
‘We have gained support from both Boots and Tesco who have so far been very supportive of our project. Furthermore, we are currently talking to the Uckfield Firefighters as we understand they are keen to help charities and have shown interest in our project.
‘Wednesday afternoon and Thursday will be dedicated to creating a mural. We hope that this will help to influence people to donate products even when we have finished our project – in turn creating a lasting legacy. We have gained support from Green DIY who have donated enough paint for us to complete this and Travis Perkins who have also promised a donation of the wood base’
Alongside all the team have a GoFundMe page open called “NCS Helps Uckfield Food Bank”. We have already raised £68 of our £200 aim even before our main fundraising has begun.
The team will be guests of the Uckfield FM morning show tomorrow morning with Jon Royle.