A group of talented teens who have raised over £2,000 for a homelessness charity have been given an award.
The group, known as ‘Welly Wagners’, decided to produce and record their own song after being shocked to learn that South Yorkshire Police received reports of 2,109 children and young people going missing in 2014/2015.
The teens, aged between 15 and 17, met while taking part on their National Citizen Service summer programme (NCS) at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust.
Their song, called ‘Teary Skies’, is available to buy on iTunes and has so far raised over £2,000 for city-based teen homelessness charity, SAFE@LAST.
Sam Jewell, from Team Welly Wagners said: “NCS gives you so many different opportunities. I’ve met so many different people and it has really changed my life. For our social action project, we were inspired after we slept outside overnight to raise awareness on homelessness.
“We got the chance to speak to some of the homeless people in Rotherham, and were inspired by their story.”
In recognition of their success, the group were presented with the ‘National Citizen Service Social Action Star Award’.
The accolade, produced in partnership with Santander, was given to the singers at the event at Rotherham United Football Club
The award ceremony marked another memorable event in what has been an exciting few months for the group, who found out about their award on a visit to the Twitter headquarters, London. While they were there, they were surprised by popular singer songwriter Jess Glynne, who told them of their award win.