Students from local schools have joined together as part of the National Citizen Service, raising awareness and money for charity.

With the support of Smartmove Hotels, the students, basing themselves at the Quayside Hotel in London Road, Boston, have made exciting plans to support PID UK and Boston Foodbank.

PID UK, the leading UK organisation providing support to individuals and families in the UK with primary immunodeficiencies is a charity close to the heart of the project, with a member of the group recently diagnosed with immunodeficiency.

Boston Foodbank provides three-day emergency food parcels for those in need.

Boston’s NCS group is hoping to hold several events over the coming weeks, including a quiz night, a marquee at summer fayres, and much more.

On Thursday, the group headed to Boston’s Foodbank to offer support, and is asking for donations of tinned food and non-perishables to help the scheme.

Boston Borough Councillor Alistair Arundell, director of Smartmove Hotels, said: “We’re delighted to be offering support to the NCS scheme, by providing a base for the young people to work from. The ideas and initiatives they have developed are inspirational and I hope they will help to not only raise money for two worthy causes, but also raise awareness of the charities and NCS itself.”

Founded in 2009, NCS was initially launched to help young people achieve their potential and build bridges between communities. First piloted with 158 participants, it has always been its mission to empower young people to change the world around them, making sure they have the right tools, opportunities and respect to do so. In 2018, nearly 100,000 young people took part in the scheme and almost half a million since the first programme was launched.

Students taking place in the NCS scheme, outside Boston’s Quayside Hotel.