Big hearted Borough students started their battle against cancer at a fundraising open day this weekend, Saturday June 11th.

The TyneMet College community chose the Teenage Cancer Trust as their charity of the year last month and all money raised from their Family Fun Day will go towards helping fellow youngsters fighting cancer across the North East.

Visitors to the event had the chance to win tickets to see either Alexandra Burke or Scouting For Girls at this Summer's Mouth Of The Tyne Festival. And as well as fun for all of the family there was an opportunity for prospective students to talk to teachers about what TyneMet can offer.

"We're delighted that the combination of a fun day and the chance to support the Teenage Cancer Trust brought people out in force. Despite the rain, we welcomed over 500 people at the fun day." said the college's Director of Learner Services, Sam Haley.

"There was something for everyone from toddlers through to teenagers - and their parents!

"We wanted the emphasis to be on having fun but there was also a great chance for the people of North Tyneside to see just what TyneMet can offer to students and the wider community."

Attractions included a bouncy castle, face painting, basketball competition with Fab Flournoy from Newcastle Eagles, cake decoration, nail and make-up styling and Zumba fitness sessions.

The Teenage Cancer Trust was present to talk about their work in the region and the groundbreaking link-up with TyneMet and a top DJ was be on site to play a host of summer tunes.