Teens shed lazy image for cause

Seven friends ran seven miles for seven charities...to prove youths do good work
Seven friends ran seven miles for seven charities...to prove youths do good work
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A group of youngsters have been trying to change the public image of teenagers, by giving up their own time to raise money for charity.

The seven pals from Penwortham and Longton swapped their iPods and games consoles for trainers as they geared up for a seven mile sponsored run for seven local charities.

Beth Leadbetter, Joe Thomas, Bethan Lloyd, Chris Heaney, Sophie Gill, Hannah Stewart, all 16, and 17-year-old Jason Chambers, all students at Cardinal Newman and Runshaw Colleges, each pick their own charity, with The Brain Tumour Research Campaign, St Catherine’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Research, MS Resource Centre, Donna’s Dream House, Derian House and The National Deaf Children’s Society being the recipients.

Family and friends turned out in force to cheer them as they pounded the streets from Penwortham to Longton.

Cardinal Newman student Beth said: “We were very upset at the bad press young adults received in the wake of the riots last summer.

“Most teenagers are caring, hard-working and ambitious, and are determined to change public perception of young people.

“The event also raised awareness of the charities that are close to our hearts.”

Beth said: “We had a great response from friends and family who offered us a huge amount of support in helping to organise and promote the event. They’ve thrown themselves into the fund-raising side, too, which just goes to show how important everyone thinks it is to show the good in young people today.”

Beth added that most of the squad have part-time jobs so had to make extra effort to train for the event as none of them are runners.

She added that the friends had little time to train together and despite studying for exams made sure they set time aside to get fit for the big day.

The teenagers, who are studying a combination of A levels and vocational subjects, set themselves a target of £700 and although all the funding has not yet been collected Beth said they were confident of surpassing expectations, and raising their generation’s profile.