Pupils are off and rowing at Ysgol Llanddulas.

The school began its seven day rowing challenge on Monday which was launched by former Colwyn Bay mayor Jeff Pearson.

The rowing challenge will see pupils, teachers and the community row for 168 hours non-stop in an attempt to raise funds for the school for a new mini-bus and a defibrillator for the area.

John Lloyd, Ysgol Llanddulas headteacher, said: "The idea originally came from one of our parents who did some research and found that this attempt had never been done before.

"So what we are trying to achieve is an unofficial world record because nothing like this has ever been done before."

The school has been promoting the event in the lead up and Mr Lloyd said the community has already got right behind the fundraiser.

He added: "We're lucky with the community support that we have had including lots of local companies and businesses who've sponsored us."

The event began on Monday and will run until Monday, March 25 with other smaller events to be held to coincide with the row.

Events will include a bingo night, family sports morning, live choir performance, a coffee and cake afternoon and a tapas night.

For more information on the row or any of the events; or to sign up as a volunteer as a marshal or row visit llanddulasrow.wales or visit the groups social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram).

The row is also set to be educational for the pupils as well with the children set to learn about a different country each. Every meter covered to be converted to a mile and pupils will be asked to talk about what they have rowed past in their country in that distance.

A school spokesperson said: "Our Challenge will involve our pupils, teachers, parents and wider community all taking their turn in rowing to hopefully raise lots of money for the school for some great causes, in particular a new larger school mini bus.

"But most of all we want to organise an event that will be super fun, help and inspire our pupils forever.

"We want to raise enough money to fund purchase of new mini-bus – a life line to the school that will allow full size classes to be taken out on school trips (education, sports, etc).

"Ysgol Llanddulas won Sports school of the year for 2017/2018 and we wish to grow on that great achievement to all areas for our pupils.

"We also want to raise enough money to purchase and install a defibrillator or two in the village of Llanddulas."

If you would like to keep track of the rowing - a live stream has been set up on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onVsGva53BI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3EcxWc17Ewjo1cwlNK7m3Rpji08DcZF-1LkcJDFSe9SbS26dV_l8eu5MQ).