15 Teens from Hull who call themselves Team ‘SMC Massive’ raised £1208.70 for the British Heart Foundation in just 4 hours!
Team ‘SMC Massive’ have taken part in NCS this Summer with Hymers College. When planning there social action project they took their inspiration from one of the group’s dad, Neil, who sadly passed away in 2015 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Neil’s family have since set a target of £4,000 to raise for the British Heart Foundation by the end of 2017 and have currently raised £3546.06. The group realized that each one of us had been affected in some way by this condition and thus it became their passion to help Neil’s family reach their target.
NCS Participant, Chloe member of team SMC Massive said, “Me and the team chose the British Heart Foundation as the charity for our project as it was very close to our hearts. Two years ago I lost my Dad suddenly due to heart problems, and since then I have been raising money to try and do my thing to help those who are suffering elsewhere with heart failure. We thought it would be great to continue with fundraising because heart failure effects over 900,000 people in the UK . My Dad would have extremely proud of our efforts and respected everyone who took part in our event.”
Team SMC Massive decided on hosting a Sunday Funday where there was face painting, fun games, entertainment, a BBQ and of course not forgetting the bouncy Castle!
In order to raise funds for their Sunday Funday the group put on a car boot sale which raised a lot of funds. They then spent the rest of their time planning, budgeting the event, buying the food and other necessities. The group also reached out to local businesses and shops to provide prizes for the tombola and had a great response, receiving restaurant, hairdressing, and activity vouchers, Clothing, Bags, Jewelry, and even coffee beans from a popular coffee shop. In addition to this, they spent a day handing out leaflets and working at the British Heart Foundation shop where they sold badges.
The group raised an amazing £1208.70 in the 4 hour event. This in addition to the funds raised so far exceeded the family’s original target and overall raised £4754.76, which is a truly commendable achievement!
Rosie Wills, NCS Team leader with Hymers College, “During my three weeks working as a leader for my NCS group they have shown maturity, empathy, growth and thorough dedication, with each team member bringing an individual and valuable quality to the team. The event could not have gone better, and I put that down not only to the students but to their families and friends who dedicated their time and efforts to helping us make the Sunday Funday so brilliant and memorable.”
This is just one many social action rejects taking place across Hull as over 600 young people from Hull are taking part in NCS.