25 July 2017

Charity Bake Sale

A while ago I mentioned that I was going to be taking part in a summer programme called NCS. I can honestly say that it was probably one of the best experiences I have EVER had. I have a whole post planned on persuading teens to take part/my experience so keep a look out for that. However, for this week's post I'm sharing with you a part of my NCS experience - fundraising for charity!

NCS has three main phases: adventure, discovery and social action. I'll explain this more in detail in a future post, but in this post I'm focusing on the social action project which is when each group has 2 weeks to do as much as they can to help their local community.

My group and I decided to focus on raising money for a small, local charity called the Deafness Support Network (DSN). DSN is a local organisation for deaf or hard of hearing people in our area. We wanted to raise money for a less well-known charity so that we could raise more awareness for it alongside our fundraising activities. 

Many hard of hearing people struggle with the simple, but important things in life that we all take for granted. For example, doorbells, alarms and emergency phone calls are all dependent on our sense of hearing.  DSN has an incredible communication team to help those hard of hearing through interpreters, note-takers, professional lip readers and more.
Together, the group of us managed to raise just over £500 in 10 days for the incredible organisation through a variety of fundraising activities including bucketing, busking and a bake sale. Although a bake sale is very simple and isn't the most original idea, it raised so much money and I must admit, I think we all organised it quite well! We had a wide selection of baked goods including cookies, coffee cake, orange cake, vegan cake and even more! We basically baked as much as we could and almost sold out! We ended up just giving away the leftovers for free to the locals! 

As well as charity fundraising, we also did some gardening and tackled an infestation of weeds near Mottram Hall! For me, it involved a lot of running away from wasps and a few bug bites, but I must admit, it was actually quite fun!

Before I end this post, I want to say thank you to my team and my group leaders (Megan and George). They've just been all round awesome people who made my NCS experience even better.
Thank you to:
Lucy S, Tasha, Blessy, Nica, Kieran, Will, Tom, Fazi, Lucy B, Zoe, Kiana, Harry, Rory and Freddie.