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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Moving for mental health
DOING HIS PART . . . Matthew Cook is exercising for 31 minutes a day for 31 days to raise money for Mind

A LONGTOWN man is challenging himself to complete 31 minutes of activity for 31 days in January for charity.

Matthew Cook is attempting to raise money and awareness in the fight for better mental health in conjunction with UK charity Mind.

Be it through walking, jogging or cycling, he has been exercising every day since the start of the new year with hopes to raise £500 for the charity. So far, he has pledges totalling £51.

Matthew said: “One in four people have mental health problems, but most people don’t get the help they need.

“I would like that to change, which is why I am fighting to make mental health an everyday priority alongside Mind.

“The donations from this fundraiser will be used to help power Mind’s helplines, and lets Mind push the UK government to do more to help people with mental health problems.

“This fundraiser is particularly close to my heart specifically, since mental health is such an important thing in both the community and in the workplace.

“In places such as the warehouse where I work, it cannot be overstated how important mental health is.”

Matthew has been updating his progress daily on the Move for Mind website.

To keep up with his challenge or make a donation, visit this website.

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