Teenagers’ fundraiser gets a visit from Fareham MP

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TEENAGERS taking part in a social action project they thought of and designed themselves were delighted to receive a visit from their MP.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes visited the group’s sponsored quadrathlon at Fareham Leisure Centre last week.

The group was raising money for Mencap, a charity that works with people with a learning disability.

The teenagers, aged 16 and 17, are all undertaking the National Citizen Service scheme in Fareham – a four-week long programme that is run by the government to help young people develop skills for work and life.

The group devised their own project, which saw them row, cycle, run and swim 310.5 miles to raise money to buy tablets for the Fareham branch of Mencap.

Miss Fernandes said: ‘I was so impressed by their ingenuity, positive attitude, teamwork and enthusiasm for social action.’

For more information on the National Citizen Service scheme go to ncsyes.co.uk/impact.