STAFF at a college are gearing up to climb Snowden for Black Country two charities.

The charity climb on Saturday May 11 will see a group of Halesowen College staff supporting two charities, Black Country Women’s Aid and The What? Centre in Stourbridge.

Black Country Women’s Aid is an independent charity which has supported survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the West Midlands for thirty years.

The What? Centre provides a high-quality service for young people between the ages of 13 and 25 and has been doing so for nearly thirty-five years.

The staff members involved are rallying together to make a positive impact on those in need, showcasing a community spirit. A ‘gofundme’ page has been set up to help raise funds for the chosen charities.

Lee Smart, Head of Behaviour at Halesowen College, said: “We are thrilled to be raising money for Black Country Women’s Aid and the What? Centre.

"These two local charities work closely with the College community to support our young people reach their educational potential. The climb will be an individual challenge for all involved but will be a team effort to complete the challenge.”

Sara Ward, BCWA CEO, said: “We are thrilled that Halesowen College is supporting Black Country Women’s Aid with this fantastic sponsored challenge.

"Reaching young people when they need us is vital to breaking the cycle of abuse, and the College is a trusted partner in this important work.

"By raising much-needed funds the Snowden challenge will ensure young people know what a healthy relationship is, build confidence to challenge abuse and build resilience for a positive future."

Julie Duffy, CEO of The What? Centre said "The charitable funds raised will help the What? Centre to fund free counselling sessions for young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who we are not currently funded to work with our limited charitable funds.

"We have quite a waiting list for young people who need help with coping with stress, depression, self-harm, isolation, bereavement and other issues which affect their mental health and well-being.

"All monies received will go directly to funding counselling sessions to improve their situation"