Young people find out raising money for Trust charity is a piece of cake

Teens from NCS programme at Peterborough United host series of events for Head To Toe 

Young people find out raising money for Trust charity is a piece of cake
23 July 2018

Young people have been praised for boosting the charity of mental and physical health provider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

The 15 to 17-year-olds, who are all taking part in a National Citizen Service programme run by Peterborough United, are holding a series of events to raise money for Head To Toe.

Head To Toe will ensure their fundraising efforts will provide new toys and equipment at CPFT’s Child Development Centre at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough.

The Child Development Centre assesses and treats youngsters up to the age of 19 who have significant developmental problems including learning difficulties and physical disabilities and communication issues as well as mental health problems.

Dr Venkat Reddy, community paediatrician and lead clinician at the Child Development Centre, said: “We are very grateful to the young people for choosing to raise funds for the Head To Toe charity and CPFT.

“Our staff at the Child Development Centre do an incredible job and they use a range of toys and interactive games to engage the children they work with. Having new toys especially for the younger children we see to use during assessments and treatments, and to play with in the waiting areas will be very much appreciated.”

The young people chose to raise money for Head To Toe as part of the ‘social action’ element of their NCS programme.

Clare Jones, manager of the Head To Toe charity, said: “For the young people taking part in the NCS programme to have chosen to support Head To Toe and CPFT is amazing. Our staff, patients, service-users and their families will be incredible grateful for their support.”

To raise money for Head To Toe the young people held a cake sale at the City Care Centre on Friday, 20 July.

On Tuesday, 24 July they will be holding a sponsored walk from Posh’s Abax Stadium in London Road to Jack Hunt School in Bradwell Road, Netherton, and back again. The group aim to walk a combined total of 80 miles – the same distance between the Posh ground and Wembley Stadium.

On Thursday, 26 July, the group will be hosting a fun day at Ferry Meadows from 10am to 3pm with activities including face-painting, nail art, boxercise and a raffle.

NCS co-ordinator Emily Smith said: “We always look to raise funds for a local charity and with the work CPFT does with young people’s mental and physical health, linking up with Head To Toe has been perfect.”

There are 37 young people on the current programme which lasts for four weeks. The majority attend Nene Park Academy, Jack Hunt School, both in Peterborough, and Sir Harry Smith School in Whittlesey. The four-week course also includes team-building exercises and life-skills where the young people learn about budgeting and banking.

To find out more about Head To Toe click here while details of the NCS programme can be found here.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

 

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