Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's campuses were bustling with anticipation recently as the Student Union Charity Week initiative got under way.

Students from all 13 campuses organised a range of exciting events, raising hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process.

One of the pluckiest initiatives saw a member of staff 'Brave the Shave'! Staff and students at the Bangor campus organised the event, which saw learning support mentor Wendy Pascall shave her head in order to raise money for the student unions' charity of the year: Macmillan Cancer Support. Wendy started off by having her hair dyed pink, before braving the shave. She raised nearly £500!

Charlotte Till, Coleg Menai's student union president, along with a hairdressing student, oversaw the shaving of Wendy's head, as well as donating to the worthy cause.

Charlotte also arranged a creative fundraising event based on a smash-hit TV series, entitled "I'm a Student, Get Me Out of Here!" She created and designed her own challenges in order for the students to collect stars for a chance to win a prize. The students donated to the cause in order to take part in the challenges.

Charlotte said:

What a fantastic week all round. Students and staff worked extremely hard to organise a range of exciting events, as well as raising money for such a worthwhile charity. We will continue to work together throughout this year to raise awareness of the outstanding work that the charity does.

At the Rhos-on-Sea campus, Coleg Llandrillo's student union president, Jacob Jones - ably assisted by 17-year-old Music Technology student Casey Wish from Penmaenmawr - manned an extremely busy confectionery stand, eventually selling scores of cupcakes.


Sarah Wynn, student enrichment officer for Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said:

The student unions recently chose Macmillan Cancer Support as the Grŵp's charity for the upcoming year. Staff and students were brilliant, coming together to organise a range of inspiring and educational events.

During the last academic year, the student unions, along with staff and students from across all of the Grŵp's campuses, took part and arranged numerous fundraising activities to raise a whopping £5,000 for their chosen charities: Mind Môn a Gwynedd, Mind Aberconwy and Mind Vale of Clwyd.

Anyone who wants to support Wendy's 'Brave the Shave' can donate online at