Teenagers’ summer challenge

The Wigan Team who are completing The Challenge Programme
The Wigan Team who are completing The Challenge Programme

WIGAN youngsters are doing their bit for the community as part of a summer programme.

A group of 12 youths are organising two events in Wigan town centre through a national scheme called ‘The Challenge’ run by The Challenge Network (TCN).

This is designed to bring young people together over summer, in order to inspire them and to strengthen and benefit their communities.

Supported by their team leader, Gemma, 22 from Preston, the young people have already received funding from local people after partaking in a mock version of ‘Dragons’ Den’.

Gemma said: “They have been fantastic and are really organised as they have given up their free time and weekends to arrange these events.”

Ed Laschet, The Challenge Programme Manager for Lancashire, said: “This September, Challenge participants will carry out fund-raising activities for local organisations such as Wigan and Leigh People First, Sunshine House and Wigan Hospice.

“They hope to raise upwards of £3,000 pounds for local charities through their sponsored activities.

“They will also carry out community campaigns in Wigan and Leigh town centres on September 22 and 23 drawing attention to important local issues.

“The campaigns have been designed by the teams to make a positive difference to issues they and the local residents feel are important to the local area. The community campaigns will address a range of issues, including healthy eating, youth unemployment and intergenerational relationships.”

The first event on September 16 is a fund-raiser for their chosen charity; Brook and will consist of one half of the team climbing Rivington Pike in fancy dress, the other half will be based at a stall in Wigan town centre, with their legs tied together, receiving donations.

The second, on September 23 is a family fun day with food tasters and games in order to promote healthy eating.

Hannah Woodward, 15, from Atherton is part of the organising team.

She said: “I heard about The Challenge through school and thought it was a good way to meet new friends and keep busy over summer. I’m so glad we got the funding, we weren’t too sure we were going to get it as some of the other teams were really good.”