High Peak teenagers graduated after raising hundreds of pounds for charity

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Youngsters from Buxton and Glossop spent a month team building and challenging themselves as part of the National Citezen Service.

This is the first time the scheme has been run in the area and the month-long sessions were run through the Lindley Educational Trust, at the Hollowford Centre,in Castleton, Hope Valley.

There were 33 people aged 16 and 17 who attended the course which is aimed at pushing young people out of their comfort zone and getting them to experience new things.

In four weeks the group raised £1,300 which was spilt between Buxton Volunteer Service and Reuben’s Retreat.

Centre leader, Tracy Vahter, said: “I am so proud of everyone who took part in the course and they have all grown as people with news skills and more confidence.”

The first week included adventurous activity and got the young people to start working together as a team with team tasks and personal development.

In the second week the group took part in conservation work with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and had visits from several charities including Buxton Mountain Rescue, Buxton Voluntary and Community Services and High Peak Night Stop, the group also experienced a night of being homeless.

The final two weeks focused on social action and they had to plan, organise and run a variety of fundraising activities to support their chosen charities.

The graduation was attended by Mayor of High Peak, Councillor Stuart Young and Tracy believes the people will all go on to great things.

“These are 16-year-olds who gave up their summer to experience something new rather than play computer games or watch TV.

“They had never met each other before but have formed friendships which I hope will last them many years.”