Photo gallery: Walkers wear onesies to raise funds for Lowestoft young carers

Sponsored walk to Africa Alive from the Seagull Theatre to raise funds to make Christmas parcels for

Sponsored walk to Africa Alive from the Seagull Theatre to raise funds to make Christmas parcels for young carers.The group including deputy mayor Malcolm Cherry.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

It was a Sunday stroll with a difference that drew inquisitive looks from passers-by.

A group of teenagers took part in a charity walk – wearing colourful onesie outfits.

Setting off from the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield, the members of the National Citizen Service scheme made their way to Africa Alive in Kessingland, where some of their animal-themed outfits fitted in perfectly.

The youngsters did their charity trek to raise funds to buy Christmas gifts for young carers in Lowestoft.

It will help them complete their National Citizen Service course, which is designed to get young people involved in helping their communities as well allowing them to build new skills and make new friends.

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As part of the scheme, the Lowestoft teenagers thought up the idea of rewarding young carers in the town by giving them Christmas presents. To raise money for the gifts, all of the onesie walkers sought sponsorship for their stroll and they also collected £100 in donations as they wandered around Africa Alive.

Sam Petersen, team leader at the National Citizen Service, went on the walk with his colleague Tamar Hopkins and some of the teenagers' friends. They were also joined by deputy mayor of Lowestoft, Malcolm Cherry.

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Mr Petersen said: 'The walk went really well, some people at Africa Alive thought we were part of the park!

'Each members of the group raised their own sponsorship money and they also raised £100 in collections on the day, which was impressive. There were one or two blisters at the end of the day, though.'

He added: 'The National Citizen Service is all about making a difference and transforming young people's lives.'

This weekend, the teenagers will be going to buy their presents for young carers, with advice being provided by the Suffolk Carers Association on what should make the most appropriate gifts.

As part of their course, the group members all took part in activity sessions and team building sessions.

When they graduate from their course in January, they will all receive a certificate signed by prime minister David Cameron.

?For information on the National Citizen Service, visit

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