Students got a valuable lesson in teamwork this summer as the group did their bit to raise money for a worthy cause.
The youngsters from Egglescliffe School collected an impressive £265 for MAIN when they embarked on a charity walk up Roseberry Topping.
Taking part in The Prince’s Trust Achieve programme at The Skills Academy in Billingham, the students have been developing their skills by taking part in a series of tasks and challenges.
Team leader Matthew Wigmore explained: “This event was part of the teamwork skills unit.”
Inspired by one of their own classmates who has autism the group chose to support MAIN, a Middlesbrough-based charity which was originally set up to provide advice and guidance to the parents and families of children on the autism spectrum. Its services have now grown to include a wide range of additional needs and ages.
Of taking part in the sponsored walk, Prince’s Trust Achieve student Aaron, 15, said: “It was really good and it was good that I could help to support the charity that I am a part of.”
Presented with a cheque for the charity by the students, MAIN charity manager Helen Jaques said: “Thanks so much for thinking of us. We are a charity that doesn’t receive any external funding. It is really moving that Aaron has realised that MAIN is a charity and depends on this sort of fundraising.”
Rachel Pascoe, careers co-ordinator at Egglescliffe School, said: “The Prince’s Trust has been a fantastic opportunity for our students, enabling them to increase their knowledge and skills through activities involving planning for personal development, teamwork, enterprise and presentation.
“It has been a pleasure to watch our students grow from their experiences and develop a wider understanding of how the world works and the part they play within it.”
For more details about The Prince’s Trust programmes available at The Skills Academy and Stockton Riverside College visit: www.stockton.ac.uk/princes-trust/
Find out more about MAIN at: www.iammain.org.uk/