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It’s #TaskMas – dare you take the challenge?

A FESTIVE challenge has been set by Healthwatch Cornwall to help raise money for a mental health charity that provides support for students at Falmouth University, and the wider community.

Every year the health and social care watchdog for Cornwall creates a fun Christmas campaign to help increase awareness about a health or social care issue, and this year it has chosen Carrick Mind’s student support project.

Communications manager at Healthwatch Cornwall Josie Purcell said: “Inspired by the hilarious Taskmaster TV show, we have set 12 jolly tasks for people to attempt in our #TaskMas charity challenge.

“For every photo or video people share of their efforts on our social media, we will add £1* to the fundraising pot for Carrick Mind.”

The tasks range from making a snowman out of vegetables that must include brussel sprouts to having a ‘snowball’ fight with cotton wool.

Jon Gladstone, CEO of Carrick Mind said: “It’s great to be part of such a fun fundraising campaign and we hope as many people as possible will have a go at one, or maybe even all, of the #TaskMas challenges.

“Mental wellbeing for young people is such an important aspect of what we do and any money raised through these comical challenges will enable us to build on our outreach for students and help them care for their mental health while studying.”

The challenge runs from Dec 1 to 12 on Healthwatch Cornwall’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts and everyone who takes part will be entered into a draw to win one £25 cash prize as a thank you for taking part gift.

Josie added: “I am studying part-time for a MA in Photography via Falmouth University and can fully appreciate how important it is for students to get the work, study and relaxation balance right.

“As the festive season approaches it can be a daunting time for anyone struggling with their mental health and although our campaign uses a light-hearted approach to raise awareness, we also have details of where to seek mental health support during the holidays on the #TaskMas webpage too.”

Visit healthwatchcornwall.co.uk/volunteers/taskmas for full details of how to enter, terms and conditions, and links to Carrick Mind and other mental health support.

To provide feedback on any publicly-funded health and social care services in Cornwall, you can also visit healthwatchcornwall.co.uk/have-your-say/ or call 0800 0381 281.