Isle youngsters spend summer holidays raising cash for Team Verrico

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For a group of kind and caring Isle youngsters the summer holidays is not about late nights and lie-ins, it’s about raising money and awareness of an Isle-based charity.

St Martin’s Mates is a group of Owston Ferry friends who are taking part in the annual Humberside Police Lifestyle challenge.

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Lifestyle is a project that was set up in 1989 to challenge young people to get involved with their communities, using their spare time to make a real difference.

A force spokesman explained: “This is not just about diverting young people from getting involved in crime and antisocial behaviour, it’s about inspiring them to make positive choices and want to help others.”

The team - Brooke McKenna, 10, and Natalie Trewick, 10, are St Martin’s Primary School pupils; and Jackson Swales, 11, April Frogley, 11 and Ffion Francis, 11, are all moving up to South Axholme Academy in September; and are carrying out numerous events over the six weeks school holiday under the watchful eye of adult adviser and Brooke’s mum Rebecca McKenna.

Among the fundraisers lined up are a bucket collection in Sainsbury’s Scunthorpe tomorrow, August 5; a bake sale in Owston Ferry on August 6-7; and a sponsored fun walk across the Humber Bridge on August 31 - there has been talk that they may attempt the journey on a space hopper.

The team recently attended Owston Ferry Field Day where they organised a ‘name the Minion’ competition, which was won by Leo Palmer, and raised £130.

Team member Brooke McKenna explained why she got involved: “We want to raise money to help other people.”

Paul Verrico, whose late wife Anna, set up Team Verrico said: “Team Verrico is a volunteer led charity which aims to improve the prospects of young families with cancer.

“In the last year, our counselling service has supported several young people of a similar age to those involved in the St Martin’s Mates group so it is particularly pleasing to see this group of Isle students raising money to support kids in their peer group. We look forward to working with them over the school holidays.”

Donations to the Lifestyle group can be made by visiting the fundraising page www.justgiving.com/StMartinsmates.