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Family and friends of teenager Manon Jones cycling the length of Wales in her memory

The family and friends of a teenager who died last year are raising funds for a new foundation in her name by cycling the length of Wales.

Manon Jones had just turned 16 when she took her own life after suffering from depression.

Her death had a profound effect on her family, friends and the wider community at Ysgol Plasmawr, where she was a pupil, and in Pontcanna where she lived.

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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.

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Manon was a bright, talented and dynamic force of nature - she was caring, loving and passionate.

From the outside she had the world at her feet, but inside this insidious and silent killer was gnawing away at every feeling of positivity it could find. Yet even her darkest of times, she would add a smile and a ton of kindness to any occasion.

Manon always tried to make the world a better place for all around her, so we want to set up this foundation to help shine a light on a teenage mental health crisis and spread kindness over the harshest parts of modern life.

We're looking forward to developing services that can offer guidance and help to the increasing number of young people who are in pain and to their families, who are often at a loss at how to help them.

– Manon Jones' mother Nikki

To help launch the Manon Jones Foundation, a group of friends and family have been cycling the full length of Wales along the Lon Las - a 250 mile fund-raising trip from Holyhead to Cardiff.

The group includes Manon's father Jeff, teachers from Ysgol Plasmawr and her primary school Ysgol Treganna along with parents of her friends and neighbours.

As well as raising initial funds for the foundation the group also wants to raise awareness of young people's mental health at a time when many will be facing anxiety around exams.

Manon was a wonderful pupil and we all miss her.

We are a close community and we wanted to help in whatever way we could for her and so many of our young people.

Cycling the length of Wales to arrive in time for the Urdd Eisteddfod visit to Cardiff is an ideal to way to celebrate Manon and to secure some vital support for other young people.

– Rhys Harries, Headteacher at Ysgol Treganna

The cyclists set off from Holyhead on Friday May 24, travelling through Porthmadog, Llanidloes and Brecon, before finishing in the capital tomorrow.

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