Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's 12 campuses were buzzing with excitement as the Student Union Charity Week and Celebrating Welsh Culture joint ventures got under way.

Students organised a raft of exciting events to raise monies for Mind Cymru's branches in Ynys Môn and Gwynedd, Aberconwy, and the Vale of Clwyd. Mind Cymru is the Student Union's chosen charity for this academic year.

A range of activities were organised for the week, including live music from an eclectic variety of singers and bands, a 12-hour readathon and pancake-flipping competitions, with many staff and students adorned in traditional Welsh costumes.

One of the highlights of the week was the 'Coeden Cymru' (Wales Tree), where students and staff could write on a tag what Wales means to them and place in on any of the 'trees' that were dotted around the campuses. The comments were then collected and placed online.

This year's Student Union President for Coleg Llandrillo, Owen West, said:

What an amazing week. Students and staff worked tirelessly to provide a range of exciting events, as well as raising money for such a worthy cause. We hope that students and staff will work together throughout the year to raise awareness of the excellent work that our local Mind charities do for people with mental health issues.

The local Mind charities campaign to make sure everyone in Wales has access to the mental health information, support and services they need. Their aim is for everyone with a mental health problem to be treated fairly, positively and with respect.

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