Kind-hearted teenage volunteers are cooking up ideas to raise money to benefit Well Wishers charity.
Fifteen young adults are hoping to raise more than £50 for the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust charity from a tombola raffle in the atrium of Walsall Manor Hospital on Friday from 10am-4pm.
The teenagers all signed up for the National Citizen Service, a voluntary personal and social development programme for 15-17 year olds which sees them completing a two-week extra-curricular course during the school holidays.
Made up of Walsall students who have just completed their GCSEs, the group spent its first week in a residential centre getting to know their fellow members and preparing for the second week, which they spend volunteering and raising money.
Acting Manager of the group Zoe Mazanhi (pictured far left), 16, who attended Shire Oak Academy, said: “We decided to raise money for Well Wishers because we saw how bad COVID-19 and how it affected patients and hospitals so we thought this would be a way of helping the community.”
Fellow Acting Manager Amy Patel (pictured third from left), also 16, who studied at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall, said: “We’re hoping to raise a minimum of £50 but hopefully a lot more. This is a great opportunity for us to give something back.”
The teenagers will also spend time tidying the garden in the grounds of Goscote Hospice, and in Walsall Arboretum and the town centre undertaking practical challenges with members of the public, as well as rattling Well Wishers tins to raise more cash.
Tickets for the tombola on Friday are available on the day at 50p a go. Prizes include sweets and packaged baked goods, while the group is also hoping to source vouchers for local shops.