A NATIONAL charity has paid tribute to a group of Gwynedd councillors for their hard work in raising funds and awareness of prostate cancer.

The elected members were nominated for the Fundraising Team of the Year award in the annual Prostate Cymru Awards for their Trôns Dy Dad campaign.

Despite not winning the main prize, the crew were heaped with praise for raising £8,000 and awareness of prostate cancer – a condition which affects one in eight Welsh men and causes the death of 11,000 British men each year.

The team, consisting of Cllr Roy Owen, Cllr Dilwyn Lloyd and Cllr Stephen Churchman, were presented with a certificate by Welsh rugby legends Eddie Butler and Bob Norster.

The charity and awareness raising events have included; a family funday at Caernarfon with live music, stalls and food, two sponsored walks in Caernarfon – around the castle and along the Aber Foreshore; a Race night at Copa, charity stall at Mona car boot sale and a supermarket bag packing session.

Attending the Prostate Cymru ambassador’s lunch and awards ceremony in Cardiff was a real honour, according to Councillor Roy Owen.

He said: “It was a great event, I was really proud when our names and the Gwynedd Council logo came up on the screen before the audience.

“It was an opportunity to tell them about the funday we had organised last September and that more than 70 people, including a team of urology nurses, had taken part in the sponsored walk.

“We are already planning the next funday (August 31) and more events for the year ahead. We are very grateful to the local community for all their support.”

Raising awareness of prostate cancer, and the work of Prostate Cymru, is a cause which is close to the heart of Councillor Dilwyn Lloyd.

"My father died of prostate cancer 20 years ago," he said.

"He was very poorly, I’ve never seen such a cruel condition, despite having worked in geriatric health for many years.

Other Gwynedd Councillors who are helping to organise the events are: Jason Parry, Peter Garlick, Stephen Churchman, Elwyn Jones and Kevin Morris Jones.

You can keep an eye out for more “Trôns Dy Dad” events on Facebook.