Students in Gwynedd raised hundreds of pounds for charity after carrying a lifesize dummy on a stretcher for eight miles.

Six Coleg Menai students were joined by two staff on the One Step at a Time walk from Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, to Caernarfon castle recently as part of their work on the Prince's Trust Team Programme.

The effort raised £255 for Macmillan Cancer Support with donations still coming in.

Prince's Trust Programme students Aron Pritchard-Jones, Carwyn Williams, Kreena Warbey, Morgan Owen-Rees, Shaun Williams and Jordan Davies joined college staff members Gerallt Jones and Sion Owain for the walk.

Employability instructor Gerallt Jones said:

We attempted to create a challenge that demanded teamwork, planning and effort.

The team decided to add a degree of difficulty by adding a stretcher and a dummy, named Pablo by the team, to symbolise the support that Macmillan offer to millions every year.

It gladdens my heart to see young adults gradually mature and become aware of the issues surrounding them and willing to do their part to improve not only their own lives but the wider community also.

The Prince's Trust Team Programme is a 12-week personal development scheme that gives people the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.

It includes a large focus on helping the community and the Coleg Menai team has worked hard on two local projects already - painting community centres in Caernarfon and Tregarth.

The charity walk to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support was the latest community-focussed endeavour.

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