ALMOST £6,000 has been raised for a suicide prevention charity in memory of a Knighton teenager.

A fundraising walk on June 3 saw around 70 people climb to the top of Snowdon in fancy dress costumes beginning with the letter ‘B’. The walk was organised by Chelsea Stuckey, a lifelong friend of 19-year-old Billy Price (Prosser), who died on New Year’s Eve.

Through donations and sponsorship, the group raised an impressive total of £5,840 for PAPYRUS, a charity that campaigns to prevent youth suicide.

Chelsea was thanked in a letter from the charity which said: “On behalf of everyone here thank you so much for getting involved and supporting the work we do.

“We rely heavily on donations and having support from you, Chelsea, will really make a difference in helping us to continue to deliver and improve our existing life-saving services.

“Thank you for helping us save more young lives from the team at PAPYRUS prevention of young suicide.”

Some of the money from the walk was going to be used to buy a memorial bench, but two local businesses have come forward to donate a bench each.

One has been donated by local builder Graham Collins and one by Barhale a construction company, which is working on the Elan Valley pipeline. It is hoped one bench will be placed in Knighton Cemetery and one at the skate park.