Teenagers muck in to clean up animal centre

Teenagers taking part in the National Cizitenship Service were at Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary in St Annes to clean and paint buildings, and weed the grounds around the sanctuary. Sophie Palmer (left) and Alice Smith tackle the cleaning.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 16-8-2013
Teenagers taking part in the National Cizitenship Service were at Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary in St Annes to clean and paint buildings, and weed the grounds around the sanctuary. Sophie Palmer (left) and Alice Smith tackle the cleaning. PIC BY ROB LOCK 16-8-2013
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Teenagers from across the Fylde coast helped to clean and paint buildings at an animal sanctuary.

As part of National Citizenship Service (NCS), 16 and 17-year-olds including Annie Elliott, Emily Howard (pictured above), Brandon Carroll, Ryan Shields, Sophie Palmer and Alice Smith cleaned out buildings and gave them a lick of paint for a fresh look.

The work helped to improve the sanctuary in part after an arson attack in 2011, in which animals were killed and buildings damaged.

Annie said: “It was great to come down and help out at the sanctuary. The NCS helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends. It feels good to take part in a team project that will help your community. The NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility.

“We all wanted to help out at somewhere we’re passionate about and the sanctuary is certainly such a venue.”