Cornwall School Games - Supporting the Sowenna Appeal

The Sowenna Appeal

Cornwall School Games sponsored by the University of Exeter are pleased to announce that our chosen charity for 2019 is The Sowenna Appeal.

The Sowenna Appeal is raising money for the FIRST mental health hospital for children and young people in Cornwall and beyond.  There has never been a mental health facility in Cornwall for children and young people so Cornish children are regularly sent to facilities far away. 

Cornwall School Games aims to help raise money for the Sowenna Appeal by encouraging children across Cornwall to join the #skipforsowenna challenge.  Whether it's skipping around your school field, skipping with your class or school or skipping by yourself, get sponsored to #skipforsowenna

And to celebrate our partnership with the Sowenna Appeal, we will be doing a mass skip LIVE at the Cornwall School Games on Friday 28th June 2019 with over 4000 people skipping all at the same time!

Physical activity is proven to impact positively on symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses and will form a core component of individual treatment plans. 

Research shows that being active can reduce your risk of depression by up to 30%; it can also reduce anxiety and stress, combat low mood and increase self-esteem.


Philippa Patterson, The Sowenna Appeal Director said: We are delighted to be working with Cornwall School Games over the next year. The partnership will help us to raise awareness of Sowenna in schools across Cornwall and encourage conversation about mental health in young people. We are really looking forward to the Cornwall School Games at the end of June and we will be on hand to talk to competitors, supporters and teachers about The Sowenna Appeal.

If you would like to support The Sowenna Appeal in your school or youth group how about a sponsored skip, or if you prefer a sprint or swim for Sowenna. Any money raised will go towards supporting young people in Cornwall and beyond with mental health.

To support The Sowenna Appeal or to find out more visit or email

Rachel Knott, Children, Young People & Education Lead at Cornwall Sports Partnership said: "We are incredibly passionate about the benefits of physical activity and sport on mental and physical health and wellbeing. The Cornwall School Games team are proud to support the Sowenna Appeal so that young people in Cornwall can get the support that they need."

In 2017 we announced a new partnership with the University of Exeter to inspire more young people to be engaged in physical activity through the School Games.

The University of Exeter, which has two campuses in Cornwall - Penryn and Truro, are sponsoring the Cornwall School Games for three years to enable more young people to be inspired by PE and school sport.