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Young people run, swim or walk a marathon over two weeks to raise money to help the people of Ukraine

23 May 2022

As part of the Services for Young People NCS Changemakers Project, six young people have raised £276 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal by completing the length of a marathon (26.2 miles) by running, walking or swimming.


The National Citizenship Service (NCS) Changemakers Project, previously known as NCS Graduates, is a programme for young people aged 15-17 who want to make a difference in their communities by taking part in social action projects, volunteering and training.

The young people had either completed NCS with Services for Young People (SfYP) in 2021 or are signed up for this summer’s NCS programme and wanted an insight into what’s involved. NCS Changemakers is an ongoing project for young people across Hertfordshire to expand on their NCS experience. They work together with other young people from their area and with the support of SfYP youth workers they design and deliver social action projects on subjects that matter to them. They get to meet new people, learn new skills and develop confidence as they transition into adulthood.

The group chose to raise money for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal as they all wanted to do something to help the people caught up in the conflict in Ukraine. They chose their challenges as a way of doing something active over the Easter holidays while raising money for something they feel passionate about. With the encouragement of the group, they all exceeded their target number of miles over the two weeks and one young person walked the marathon in one go.

Young people can contact the SfYP NCS Team to get involved.

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