ZOMBIES took to the streets of Redditch last week for a bit of hair-raising and fund-raising for a local good cause.
The youngsters, who had dressed in their finest zombie-attire, aimed to raise money and awareness for Redditch’s Reach CIC as part of their YMCA National Citizenship Service award, and they caught the attention of passers by with the unusual combination of deathly make-up and friendly faces.
Reach (Redditch East Aspiring Communities Hub) CIC, who provide a range of community-related services ranging from computer classes and subsidised trips for youngsters, were the focus of the zombie walk and a total of £146 for Reach and Young Minds mental health charity was raised.
Group leader Amber Mitchell said: “The young people really enjoyed their day and ended up raising a great amount for their charities.
“They chose the zombie theme to stress the importance of acceptance and not judging people by their appearance, and spurred on by their success, they are very keen to do another walk soon.”
The event, where the friendly zombies drummed up support and interest as they marched through Redditch, was just one of several events during the summer that the teenagers planned and organised from scratch to benefit and forge connections with local charities, including a ‘wonderland’ day at the Saltways Care Home and and a ‘fantastical’ stall at Morton Stanley Festival.
Visit http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/Reachcic/ to find out more.