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30 March, 2007

G-Nation winners invited to Wales with the National Trust

Students from two schools will be coming together next week to assess the accessibility of the Welsh coastline for young people and people with special needs / disabilities. They will be spending an action packed week at the National Trust's Stackpole Centre for Outdoor Learning in Pembroke after winning the top Giving Nation award for Charity Action when their outstanding and dedicated actions for charity and the community first caught the judges' attention.

The students from Torry Academy in Aberdeen will join a group from Kings Mill, a special needs school in Driffield, Yorkshire. During the week, the 11-16 year olds will be able to experience the work of a charity first hand while exploring the Welsh coastline and taking part in a range of outdoor learning activities from climbing and canoeing to creating a lasting work of art to stay at the centre after they leave.

By assessing the accessibility of the coastline, the students will help the National Trust to ensure that the countryside can be an educational and recreational space for young people of all abilities.

Felicity Tyson, from Giving Nation said “This year's Giving Nation trip brings young winners of mixed abilities and backgrounds together to experience for themselves the work of a national charity in action. Travelling from the heart of Aberdeen and rural Humberside to a remote and spectacular area of Wales, they will explore the coastline and together be part of making the land preserved by the National Trust for every one accessible to every one.”

Dan Beck from Stackpole for Outdoor Learning added, “staff are looking forward to the groups' stay and working together on a challenging and creative art project.”

Giving Nation is a project based at the Citizenship Foundation that promotes and supports young people's giving through charity, community and campaigning action. Each year schools are offered the chance to further their understanding of the charity sector through an online awards diary documenting their actions to make a difference. Regional winners receive up to £1000 and main winners the chance to directly experience the work of a charity in the U.K or overseas.

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