VIDEO: Teenagers' colour run in Banbury raises money for charity

A group of teenagers organised a colour run in Banbury today (Friday, August 31) to raise money for charity as part of a summer programme.

Around 20 people of all ages ran around the sports pitch at Banbury Academy while having dry paint chucked at them in aid of LBGT+ charity Stonewall.

NCS Banbury Bees chuck paint in the air in celebration after the colour run

NCS Banbury Bees chuck paint in the air in celebration after the colour run

The event was organised in less than a week by the group of 16-year-olds from Banburyshire schools for the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Team leader Izzi Dickinson said she was impressed by the youngsters coming out of their shells and all the hard work they have put in.

"I think they've done really well as we only started planning on Monday and we managed to get some people we didn't know as we only advertised on Facebook," she said.

"They all worked really hard and seemed to enjoy it, and we got a lovely day for it too."

The colour run participants before getting covered in paint at Banbury Academy

The colour run participants before getting covered in paint at Banbury Academy

Teenagers across the country have been taking part in the NCS over the summer, which puts pupils from different schools together for three weeks of various activities to learn new skills.

Banbury Bees, the group who organised the colour run, have spent a week in Devon doing outdoor activities, as well as camping in Oxford and raising money through Stonewall with a cake sale, sponsored walk and today's event.

Group member Jack Ashfield-Bennet said he would highly recommend NCS to those considering it as he has had a great time over the past few weeks.

The Warriner School-alum, who is starting an engineering apprenticeship with Karcher after completing his GCSEs, said: "I've become a lot more confident and made a lot of new friends.

The NCS Banbury Bees team

The NCS Banbury Bees team

"I think my team-working skills have improved quite a lot too."

Lots of Banburyshire teens have been taking part in the NCS this summer, with a number of cake sales and other charitable events organised.

Any groups who want to share their success with the Banbury Guardian, please email editorial@banburyguardian.co.uk.

NCS Banbury Bees raised around 250 with a cake sale in Banbury town centre

NCS Banbury Bees raised around 250 with a cake sale in Banbury town centre