Merthyr Tydfil skill seekers to tackle mountain trek to raise funds for humanitarian organisation

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A group of young people are to tackle a mountain challenge in a bid to raise funds for a humanitarian organisation.

The skill seekers from PeoplePlus in Merthyr Tydfil will be scaling Pen y Fan, South Wales’ highest peak, in aid of the British Red Cross on Tuesday, September 19.

PeoplePlus provides practical and vocational training and work experience for people between the ages of 16 and 18 in Merthyr, helping them gain the skills they need to enter into work or further education.

All the young people are trained in the workplace and the British Red Cross is a longstanding training partner, providing work experience for those studying for NVQs in retail through its shops.

It is expected that as many as 15 of the young trainees will take on the 2,907-foot mountain, as well as four members of PeoplePlus staff and two Brecon Beacons guides from the National Trust.

The trainees study for qualifications including adult care, construction, engineering, hospitality and business administration.

Ryan James, of PeoplePlus Merthyr Tydfil, said: “The British Red Cross has been really supportive of us in this area, helping young people to develop their skills.

“We have a good long term relationship with the Red Cross and this is an opportunity to give something back.

“We’ve been hoping to do something like this for a while now and we’re delighted to have made it happen.”

British Red Cross community fundraiser Gladys Mccrea said: “The Red Cross has a proud history of helping to develop the skills of young people through our various voluntary opportunities and we have been delighted to support PeoplePlus in Merthyr Tydfil as they look to help young people gain the knowledge they need to enjoy long and fruitful careers.

“We are incredibly grateful to the staff and trainees at PeoplePlus for their efforts to raise funds for the Red Cross and hope they enjoy this mountain challenge.”

Follow the PeoplePlus fundraising effort on social media at @PeopleplusCymru (Twitter), @PeoplePlus_Cymru (Instagran) and Peoplepluscymru (Facebook).