A group of around 20 young people from Harrogate has raised almost £400 for the youth homeless charity SASH as part of their National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme.
SASH prevents young people in North Yorkshire from becoming homeless by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer. Thanks to members of the local community who offer their spare room to help, young people who have nowhere to live are offered a safe place to stay for a few nights whilst a permanent solution is found.
The group chose SASH to benefit from their fundraising activities because the charity works locally in Harrogate and because those involved were particularly keen to help young homeless people. They raised the money by volunteering at Bilton Gala on the May Bank Holiday Monday, where they held a collection as well as selling homemade cakes, and by bag packing at Harrogate Asda on a Sunday afternoon.
Marc Richardson, Youth Engagement Officer at Flying Futures, which delivered the NCS programme, said: Flying Futures are very proud of the participants from the Spring NCS programme and would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to them all!
Peter Robinson, SASH Director said: We would like to thank everyone involved in this project. It’s great that these young people decided to support SASH and very heartening that they chose to give up some of their free time to help people of a similar age who have been less fortunate than themselves. Their commitment helps to make a real difference in their own community.
SASH works to prevent homelessness in young people aged 16-25 in York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding. The charity provides Nightstop, an emergency place to stay for young people in crisis, and supported lodgings, a long-term safe place for young people to stay. SASH helps around 300 young each year. For more information, visit www.sash-uk.co.uk or call 01904 652043.
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