Cornwall Club supports Cornish communities at London St Piran’s Day reception

The Cornwall Community Foundation’s Cornwall Club welcomed 160 guests to a drinks reception at Trinity House, London on March 5th 2019 to celebrate St Piran’s Day. The Cornwall Club is an opportunity for people who have an affinity with Cornwall, but who live or work elsewhere, to support communities in need in the county.

Chair of the Foundation, Jane Hartley DL, introduced guest speakers Petroc Trelawny, presenter of BBC3’s breakfast programme, and Donovan Gardner MBE, director of Transformation CPR which runs the food banks in Camborne, Pool and Redruth.

Both speakers shone a spotlight on the very real challenges currently facing many families and communities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and how grants from the Cornwall Community Foundation make a lasting and significant impact.

CCF Trustee Toby Ashworth of The Nare Hotel says, “Although I am a trustee and appreciate the plight of those in poverty in Cornwall, I and those who attended could not help but be moved by the two speakers, and in particular the conditions and challenges of those highlighted as depending on the Redruth food bank.”

The event was made possible thanks to the generous support of main sponsors Savills, CCLA Good Investment and The Nare Hotel. Ben Davies of Savills commented, “We were delighted to support the Cornwall Club reception on St Piran’s Day. Thanks to The Cornwall Community Foundation for hosting such a fantastic fundraising evening. The speeches were a stirring rallying call for us to help all those struggling with poverty and hardship in Cornwall.”

Guests enjoyed delicious Cornish canapes by Fee Turner Catering as well as drinks from St Austell Brewery, Camel Valley Vineyard, Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Cornish Natural Spring Water, and newcomer Navas Tonic which complemented gins Caspyn, Curio and Trevethan.  Jane Lawrence Flowers donated beautiful displays and buttonholes.