Youngsters invite families to join charity barbecue

A group of youngsters are planning to give back to the Morpeth community by hosting their own charity barbecue.

Joe Ford, Joseph Dale, Dylan Graham, Chris Aspey and Rioghan Bruce came together to do something a little different for charity.

The five Morpeth youngsters will be frying up a variety of food and music in Carlisle Park tomorrow.

They will be raising money for two charities but the aim is to help rebrand the bandstand because they feel it is currently being used ‘inappropriately and often anti-socially’.

The boys were inspired to get cooking as the social action element of their National Citizens’ Service award and felt the culinary initiative would be of benefit to local people.

Rioghan Bruce said: “We had such a fantastic time on our recent National Citizens’ Service course that we wanted to be able to help and give something back.

“We hope that by hosting a barbecue, local people will be more aware of the work of the charities and contribute towards causes that we all feel are important and need supporting.”

The event will feature hot dogs, burgers and a vegetarian option of spicy bean burgers, accompanied by a range of non-alcoholic cold drinks, with all the profits being divided between The Newman Holiday Trust and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The trust helps disabled children from deprived backgrounds to enjoy experiences that they would not otherwise be able to access while the WWF helps to protect animals around the world.

The idea for the barbecue came about because one of the trust’s volunteers is an NCS scheme group leader, who the boys felt impressed with his work and inspired them to want to get involved in the fund-raising fun.

The event takes place tomorrow in Carlise Park. For information on the trust log on to the website