Two colleagues from Bangor Jobcentre have raised £600 for the ICAN centre at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Louise Ranalescotos and Sophie Salisbury initially planned a charity walk up Snowdon, but this quickly escalated into a large scale fundraiser, including bake sales, an auction, bingo and a raffle which was possible thanks to the generous donations from local businesses.

ICAN Centres provide an alternative to formal hospital based assessment and care for people experiencing low level social and mental health difficulties outside of usual working hours.

Led by a coalition of people who are passionate about achieving real and meaningful change for people affected by mental ill health. ICAN is being steered by people with lived experience of mental health problems, people working and volunteering in mental health services and those involved in local mental health charities.

The money raised will support projects that:

  • Help young people develop the emotional resilience to deal with life’s challenges
  • Provide effective early intervention for people experiencing mental health problems
  • Help people who are ‘just about managing’ their mental health to thrive
  • Provide better support closer to home for people experiencing a mental health crisis

Louise and Sophie would like to thank the following local businesses for their donations: Pampered Retreat Bangor, George’s Barber Bangor, Snowdonia Cheese, Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Haf Jones & Peglar, Galeri Caernarfon, Llanfairpwll Distillery, Portmeirion, Rib Ride Anglesey, The Slate Bangor, Wok&Go Bangor, Kwik Save Bangor, Ty Golchi, Pontio, Pot Jam, Venue Cymru, Boots Bangor, W Owen Estate Agent, WHSmiths Bangor, The Book People, Penrhyn Castle, The Fun Centre, 1815 Bangor, Fat Cat, KFC Bangor, Sandy Mount House Rhosneigr, Blue Sky Café Bangor, Holland & Barrett Caernarfon, Scoops Caernarfon, Kimberly Nails Bangor, The Castle Bangor, Café Doda Bangor and Clio Lounge Bangor.