Prince’s Trust teams go the extra mile

Final presentation for the Prince's Trust team which has been raising money for Nikita Jade
Final presentation for the Prince's Trust team which has been raising money for Nikita Jade
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A team of young people has celebrated finishing their time with the Prince’s Trust.

During their time on the programme, the members of Rushden Prince’s Trust Team 24 have spruced up a church hall and taken part in an unusual marathon to raise funds for a young girl with a rare disease.

They held their end-of-programme celebration and presentation in the church hall they had decorated, St Peter’s.

Team 24 decided to choose St Peter’s Church in Midland Road as their community project as they realised the church hall is used by lots of groups in the community including Sure Start, a dance group for toddlers, a slimming club and a dog training group.

Before they could start work they had to raise funds to buy the materials so they organised a bag pack at Waitrose and Asda in Rushden, which raised more than £450.

The team worked on the hall for two weeks, helped by members of the church, and were rewarded for their hard work with a dinner cooked by members of the church.

David Culwick, the community outreach co-ordinator at the church, said: “At St Peters we were delighted when the Prince’s Trust chose us as their community project, having worked with them before.

“As part of our community strategy we are encouraging greater community use of our resources and the use of our hall by many groups in the community is part of that.

“We were pleased to be able to work alongside the team as they bravely tackled the daunting process of preparation and re-decorating.

“The time spent together enabled them to learn about what they had as individuals to offer, such as team working, commitment to the task, problem solving and relationship building.

“It felt good at the end of the work to be able to sit down together and share a meal and to be able to express our thanks and to indicate that their efforts would benefit the large numbers of the community who use the hall.”

The team also organised a fundraising marathon with a difference to raise funds for the Nikita Jade Disability Fund, which helps to raise funds for treatment and specialist equipment for 12-year-old Nikita, who has atypical spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, microcephaly, global developmental delay and cortical visual impairment.

They decided to run a marathon, row the distance across the English Channel and cycle the equivalent of a stage of the Tour de France, 118 miles.

Ryan Lunness, 21, is a member of Team 24.

He said: “I’ve learned team building and leadership skills and would recommend the Prince’s Trust to all my friends. It’s very lively and very friendly.

“The triathlon was hard work but we got there through hard work and raised £551 for the Nikita Jade Disability Fund.

“I am going to volunteer at Rushden Historical Transport Society painting engines, laying tracks and helping to organise occasional events like the Christmas specials.

“And I want to do my Level 2 in art and design at Tresham in Kettering.”

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is run by a range of organisations across the UK, including Tresham College.

The trust helps disadvantaged 13 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

Wellingborough

Twelve young people from Wellingborough have helped make a music studio and chill out room as part of their work with the Prince’s Trust.

They spent three weeks working together to make the disused rooms at the Phoenix Resource Centre into a new and exciting music recording studio, with a chill out area and a mezzanine performance space.

Siobhan Peters, the Prince’s Trust team leader for Wellingborough, said: “The team have been brilliant, they were successful in raising money for the project and then drew up a plan on how they wanted it to look.

“They have worked non-stop and have produced some outstanding work.”

The Phoenix Resource Centre is an environmental charity which promotes recycling, re-use and reduction.