Sally Jones and her son Ralf raised cash for Group B Strep Support charity by holding a cake sale.

Ralf, aged six, was infected with Group B Streptococcus (GBS) and contracted potentially-fatal meningitis at birth.

He spent the first four weeks of life in hospital but recovered and went on to be a poster boy for Group B Strep Support charity.

The cake sale held at Clough Head J&I School, at Bolster Moor, last week, raised £181.

Sally and Ralf Jones selling cakes for charity Group B Strep Support, at Bolster Moor J&I School

Ralf’s mum Sally, 35, carried GBS a normal gut bacteria carried by up to 30% of adults in the UK.

In pregnant women the bacterium can be passed to the baby in the birth canal leading to serious conditions including meningitis, pneumonia or septicaemia.

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A group of youngsters have got helping people in need down to a T.

The 14-strong team spent four weeks on a National Citizen Service programme, which aims to help teenagers to be adventurous, practice skills and hobbies, and support causes in their community.

The group of youngsters, calling themselves Team Pablo, decided to support The Welcome Centre which runs a food bank from Lord Street in Huddersfield.

Tegan Dedekind and fellow National Citizens Service volunteers unveil their t-shirt for food bank volunteers and present cheque to Welcome Centre Coordinator Tina Skeldon.

They raised £600 to fund T-shirts, which will be worn by Welcome Centre volunteers at their fundraising and food collection events.

They collected the cash by hosting a bake sale at Holmfirth High School, running stalls in Victoria Park, Holmfirth, and going on a nine-mile pyjama walk.

During the park event, local children drew pictures on templates which Team Pablo incorporated into one final design for the T-shirts.

Natasha Russell, volunteer for the National Citizen Service (NCS), said: “The Welcome Centre is important because it helps people who are in real crisis. If The Welcome Centre wasn’t there, these clients would have to go without food, even just the simple things like bread and milk.”

NCS offers opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 17 to build skills for future work and life. Each individual is part of a collective 80,000 teenagers across the country who are involved in the NCS programme.

T-shirt for Welcome Centre food bank volunteers designed by National Citizens Service volunteers

The scheme aims to bring young people from different backgrounds together to develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication.

A driver is swapping his truck for a bike to raise charity cash.

Nigel Todd, 52, of Waterloo, is riding 315 miles from Newcastle to London in 24 hours to help Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday, August 20.

“On route there will be 1,1115ft of climbing to conquer, as well as the challenging night riding sections to throw into the mix as well. But training is going well and I am hoping there won’t be too many problems to overcome, apart from very sore muscles which a visit to the masseur should sort out,” he said.

Mr Todd, who is married to Angela and father to Louise and Christopher, both in their 20s, added: “Friends and family ask me why I put myself through this to which I reply because I can. I am very fortunate to be blessed with good health which I use as my motivation. Cycling is a great way to keep fit, keep the mind active and take in some great scenery too.

“I am using this experience to raise what I can for the Macmillan cancer charity, and even a small donation would be greatly appreciated.”

Mr Todd, who works for Teatime Tasties Ltd on Leeds Road, Huddersfield, is no stranger to sporting challenges. He represented Great Britain last year in duathlon – running and cycling – in the European Championships in Spain.

His Just Giving site is: https:// .