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We are a group of young people from Huntingdon Youth Centre and are aged 13-18. Our group is called Huntingdon Youth Advisory Group and it is our job to represent all the young people of HYC. We do this by applying for funding bids, being on interview panels for new staff and taking the suggestions of other young people to our meeting with the staff.

Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service asked us if we would like to help send a fire rescue vehicle to Ghana and we thought it was a once in a life time opportunity to help people less fortunate then ourselves.

Trevor showed us a DVD of a previous visit to Ghana that showed an English fire fighter teaching Ghanaian fire fighters to use specialist life saving equipment. Due to old cars and poor road structures accidents in Ghana increased dramatically over the past few years.

Fire fighters must learn new skills and they also require new, appropriate equipment to save the lives of the rest of Ghana. Ghanaian fire fighters own very few sets of equipment and it is shared including boots, helmets etc

We decided that we wanted to help and had a million ideas of what we could do and even thought about raising the money to take it over ourselves. Until we researched the country and realised how far away it was, how much it would cost to go and the 7 vaccinations we would need!!!!

The fire service invited us to the fire station to see a demonstration so we could understand what tools the Ghanaians needed and how important they are in car accidents to save lives.

We decided to write to the local supermarkets to see if they would let us do bag packing to raise money we booked in to go to Iceland, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. It was hard work being on our feet for 6-hour shifts but the customers were very generous and a lot of them were interested in our project. We timed some of the bag packing for when the shops would be busiest - the day before Christmas Eve & Good Friday.

Some of the local pubs and shops were approached and kindly displayed our collection boxes. The most difficult thing for us to organise was the jumble sale, we were overwhelmed with donations, which meant that after the jumble sale we had so much left over we did a boot sale at St Peters school as well.

We are all really proud of what we have achieved and are looking forward to our next challenge we would like to give a big thank you to the fire service and the World Rescue Organisation for giving us the opportunity to help.


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