FOURTEEN teenagers are teaming up to host a charity concert for refugees.

The group of 16 and 17 year olds are organising the event to raise money for Voices in Exile as part of the National Citizen Service volunteer programme.

Amber Stride, 16, who studies at BHASVIC, said: “A lot of us just finished our GCSEs and some are already in college. We thought the refugees crisis was an overlooked social problem in Brighton and Hove, especially with all the homeless people here, so it was very close to our hearts.”

The teammates came up with the idea of a concert to showcase young talent in the city while supporting the refugee charity.

Emily Salusbury, also 16, from Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College, said: “We contacted friends who like to perform and we got a post out on the Haunt website.

“Now we have over twenty acts that we need to choose from. We have a three-hour slot so we’re just hoping to make room for as many bands as we can.”

The group had just two weeks to create the concept and organise the event.

Emily said: “As individuals we have really come together and we each have different qualities and aspects that work together. I couldn’t have done it without the group.”

There will also be a raffle draw and a Calais Action stall accepting clothing donations for refugees.

Emily said: “We even got in touch with Caroline Lucas but we are waiting for her to confirm whether she can make it.”

Mary-Jane Burkett, a trustee of Voices in Exile, said: “We’re inspired by their commitment and drive to support people in the local community. We’re grateful to NCS for their continued support.”

The concert will be held at The Haunt in Pool Valley, Brighton, on Thursday, August 10.