Young people dig in for garden project

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A group of teenagers from Hastings have been spending their summer helping the Friary Gardeners charity as part of their National Citizen Service.

The charity, based on the Ridge, is a horticultural therapy centre run by The Parchment Trust.

It has around seventy full time and part time members. It supports adults with both learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

Ellie Varley, who is part of the group, said: “They provide a gardening service to members of the community who cannot maintain their own gardens or afford to pay someone else to do so.

“This gives the members a chance to really use the skills they’ve developed. Furthermore, they partake in sporting activities, as well as a mix of handicrafts like pottery and cooking.

“The charity gives them a place to go and have fun, spend time with their friends, learn new skills and take part in opportunities in life they wouldn’t otherwise receive. Unfortunately as this is such a small charity they do not receive the funding or recognition that they truly deserve.

“These young people are trying their very hardest to change this.

“So far, this team has been working tirelessly and has organised a jumble sale as well as completing a seventeen mile walk sponsored walk from Eastbourne pier to Hastings pier.

“They have been raising awareness for the charity by ringing around to local organisations and visiting local businesses for sponsorship and donations.

“The final event they are holding is an acoustic night on Friday August 14 at the Victoria Hall in Bexhill.

This night will feature a range of local acts performing. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are on sale at the door on the night.

“All profits raised on the night will go directly to the charity to help them continue to do the astounding work they do.”

If you would like any further information on the project or to help the young people achieve their fund raising goals then you can visit the just giving page www.justgiving.com/NCShastings2/

For more about Friary Gardeners visit: www.parchment-trust.org.uk.

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