A CALL has gone out to break a Guinness World Record this summer while also raising awareness of body image and self-esteem.

A world record attempt for the longest string of bunting is coming to the south this summer and everyone can get involved by making triangles of bunting, which will be strung together in an attempt to break the record which currently stands at 11 miles.

It is part of the Everybody campaign run by Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to celebrate and embrace everyone’s unique characteristics, traits and personalities, teaching children and young people about body image and self-esteem.

Organiser Helen Dove, who is innovation and participation lead for Hampshire CAMHS, a service provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation TrusT, said: “Just as no two people are the same, no two pieces of bunting will be the same.

"We hope this project will be a celebration of difference and diversity; a reflection of strength, talent and personal expression using a creative medium. You could use anything you have to hand – some old sheets or curtains, a table cloth, a tea towel or perhaps simply paper or card - to express your individuality.

“Mental health and body image affect everybody, so we want as many people to get involved as possible to help us raise awareness and hopefully break the record. No matter how old you are or where you live, please get involved, get creative and send us your bunting.”

Bunting can be made from material, paper or plastic and can be decorated with any material available, such as paint or glitter.

Each triangle of bunting needs to be 19cm wide and 25cm long. If making multiple triangles and stringing them together they must be 5cm apart.

All bunting must be received by Monday, 25 June 2018 and should be sent to Helen Dove, Hampshire CAMHS, Avalon House, Chesil Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0HU.

Display and judging of the Great Big Bunting Off will take place on Thursday, 5 July, at a venue in Hampshire to be confirmed.