A TRAINING college has taken part in a gruelling challenge to raise money for charity.

Staff and learners from TTE Technical Training Group have raised £4,000 for Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

The group, made up of ten staff and 24 learners, completed the 24-mile hike within 12 hours and hope to raise awareness of the prevalence of men’s mental health issues.

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Rory McIntosh, curriculum improvement coordinator at TTE and organiser, said "Acknowledging mental health is very important.

"We decided to pick Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND as our annual charity because mental health issues don’t discriminate and anyone can be affected.

"It is vital that we educate our students on what mental health is, and what help is out there if they need it.”

The group took part in a number of walks at local hotspots such as Roseberry topping and the James Cook Monument to prepare for the challenge.

Bethany Dean, communications officer at Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND, said, "We are honoured to be picked as TTE Technical Training Group’s charity of the year and it is inspiring to hear about the organisation raising awareness of mental health to their colleagues and students".