Lyle Dodds and Paige Whitfield make donation to Durham Cancer Research

NCS Group Come Together To Help Raise Money For Charity

A group of students on a study programme with East Durham College have come together to raise money for a cancer charity in remembrance of a fellow student’s father. The team were taking part in the government-backed National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

Just before this year’s first East Durham College NCS programme in Easter one of the student team members; Lyle Dodds, sadly lost his dad to cancer.


Lyle, 17, from South Hetton, was unsure whether or not to still attend at this difficult time but was encouraged to do so by his mum. Lyle bravely attended had an amazing experience this Easter.


The NCS group then had to organise a social action project as part of the course and decided to help raise money for Cancer Research UK, in memory of Lyle’s father.


The group took part in three fundraising activities, a six hour bag pack at ASDA Peterlee, a sponsored military bootcamp and a sponsored walk to the summit of Roseberry Topping.


After collecting all the funds together the students managed to raise a fantastic £970 which they have delivered to the Cancer Research charity shop in Durham.


East Durham College, NCS co-ordinator, Tina Lavelle praised Lyle and the NCS Group for their great work during the course and the fantastic social action project they put together to help raise so much.


Tina said: “This group have been fantastic from start to finish.


“It was a terrible time for Lyle, but I was incredibly proud of the way Lyle handled the situation and also the way the other students on NCS helped to support Lyle.


“The way the group came together was brilliant and that was shown through the hard work on their great social action project, they raised a huge amount of money for a fantastic cause.”


Lyle added: “I felt so proud that the team decided to raise money in memory of my dad. They helped me through a difficult time.”


Places on NCS this summer are now very limited. To book a place please call 0191 247 4020 or visit NCSNORTHEAST.


Departure dates in the East Durham area include 21st July and 8th August, with programmes also running right across the North East.


A condensed version of NCS will also be taking place in the autumn.