Hundreds of men with prostate cancer will benefit from special treatment, thanks to a group of TyneMet students.

The youngsters, all taking part in the Preparing for Employment course, raised £356 for the local charity, 'Coping with Cancer'. The money will provide acupuncture treatment for patients at North Tyneside General hospital. Prostate cancer sufferers experience side-effects after being given hormone treatment. Acupuncture helps relieve the symptoms.

The students fundraising efforts were part of an Enterprise project and raised the money through a coffee morning and tombola.

TyneMet chair of governors, and chief operating officer of 'Coping with Cancer', Dr Judith Woodruff received the cheque from the students. She said: "It's really good for the students to help others in the community. 'Coping with Cancer' is a small charity which relies on great support from TyneMet."

Foundation Learning lecturer, Andrea Cochrane said: "The students researched six different charities before deciding which one to raise money for them. They worked really hard and planned things well."

TyneMet's Foundation Learning department helps young people with personal, social and emotional development as has been declared as 'Officially Outstanding' by Ofsted since 2002.