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Kids attempt kindness world record on 'Blue Monday'

Primary school pupil hands out daffodils. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren in Cumbria have spent the day out of the classroom trying to break a world record.

Around 20 schools and dozens of businesses have been trying to combat 'Blue Monday' and beat the current world record of random acts of kindness in 24-hours.

Pupils from Caldew Lea Primary and Kingmoor Infants handed out flowers, sweets and cards, and gave high-fives, hugs and smiles to members of the public in Carlisle city centre.

20,000
is the current record - held by Derby - of random acts of kindness.

The event was hosted by the Cumberland Building Society and assisted by Brighter Cumbria.

  • What is Blue Monday?

With empty bank accounts from Christmas and another week until pay day, chilly weather and broken New Year Resolutions, the third Monday of January is believed to be the 'most depressing day of the year'.

Reporter Hannah McNulty went along to meet a few schoolchildren taking part:

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