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250-mile ride after teen's death.

THE family and friends of a teenager who died last year completed a 250-mile cycle ride from Anglesey to the Urdd Eisteddfod to raise funds for a new foundation in her name.

Manon Jones from Cardiff was just 16 when she took her own life after suffering from depression.

Her parents, Jeff and Nikki Jones, and her sister Megan, want to establish the Manon Jones Foundation to offer practical support and information to young people who are struggling with mental health issues.

The foundation also aims to help their friends and families who often have nowhere to turn to for advice on how to support them.

Manon's story was highlighted by Welsh Youth Parliament Member, Manon Clarke, as she gave her inaugural speech in the Senedd.

She spoke movingly about her friend's struggle against depression and about the desperately needed support so many other young people are lacking.

To help launch the Manon Jones Foundation, a group of friends and family began a cycle ride from Holyhead last Friday.

Arriving at the Urdd Eisteddfod they were welcomed by supporters and Urdd Eisteddfod officials.

Urdd chief executive said mental illness among young people was one of the movement's main concerns and working to raise awareness.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2019
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