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GHOULISH cakes, a spooky raffle and a right good soaking were all put on to raise money for two good causes.

Skillforce students from Henry Cort Community College in Fareham organised the day in aid of Naomi House Hospice and Kids.

Megan Moore 15 with Callum Ashworth 16  at the North West Fareham Community centre Halloween fun day''''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (132944-1)

Megan Moore 15 with Callum Ashworth 16 at the North West Fareham Community centre Halloween fun day''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132944-1)

Skillforce is a charity that inspires young people to succeed, working with schools to provide practical lessons taught by ex-service personnel.

The group of teenagers, all in Year 10 and 11, spent a month preparing for the day.

They came up with money raising ideas, searched for donations, secured sponsorships, created posters and invited dignitaries.

Year 11 student Callum Ashworth, 16, was the host of the event and was charged with meeting and greeting the VIPs.

He gave the Mayor of Fareham a tour around and showed her the fundraising stalls they had set up, including a stall where students could throw wet sponges at his face for £1.

Callum said: ‘It is freezing cold but it’s to raise money for charity. It’s gone really well and I’ve raised over a tenner just doing this for an hour.’

Mayor of Fareham Cllr Susan Bayford said: ‘It is very impressive, it’s a very good effort.’

Ward councillor Peter Davies was also at the day.

He said: ‘It is excellent and I think that Skillforce do a very good job. It provides a range of activities that build up to the students getting a good CV and a potentially helping them to get a job.’

Skillforce instructors Natasha Berry and Leanne Green were on hand to provide support.

Leanne said: ‘It is good because it brings them together as a team. They can see the work they have put in has been worthwhile. They have loved every minute of it.’

Raising nearly £100 were two students – Hayden Price and Elliott McMullen – from Year 11. The 16-year-olds were sponsored to cycle for 100 miles.

Hayden said: ‘We want to show that we are in support of the charity and for the work they do.’

Elliott added: ‘It is killing me though!’