TEENAGERS taking part in the National Citizen Service programme have raised almost £700 for a dog rescue and fostering charity.

The youngsters were given the task of organising a community project as part of their course and chose SNDogs, which takes in and finds new homes for dogs in need.

They raised the cash by staging a series of events and fundraisers and are due to hand over the money this week.

Based in Pinehurst the rescue charity uses a network of volunteer homes across the town. Last year it rehomed 120 dogs.

Students between the ages of 15 and 17 who join the National Citizen Service go through a programme of personal development that provides new experiences like rock climbing, public speaking and community work to improve their skills and confidence.