Savills donates to Foundation to support Cornish communities

Savills, the property experts, have supported the work of the Foundation over many years, including as a member of the Foundation’s Business Club. Recognizing the unprecedented levels of community need in Cornwall associated with the coronavirus crisis, the company’s Truro office are donating a proportion of fees from completed property sales to our Cornwall Emergency Fund.

Chris Clifford, Head of Residential Sales – Cornwall, says, “We could never have imagined the volume of activity that we have seen across the Cornish residential market this year with significant demand from people responding to changing lifestyle preferences. The Cornwall Community Foundation is a lifeline to many families and individuals in our community and perhaps more relevant now than ever before, we are delighted to offer our support.”

The Foundation launched the Cornwall Emergency Fund in March as the pandemic broke to alleviate the hardships being experienced by people who were already vulnerable before the crisis began. The Fund awards grants to community groups supporting those people most in need in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly helping them survive the crisis and build back better for the future.

To date the Fund has provided 370 grants totalling £1.5 million to community groups across Cornwall. Grants have been awarded to groups like The Hall at Treverbyn. In their local area of Stenalees and St Austell, the Hall has distributed information leaflets, delivered food boxes to the most financially deprived families, set up a telephone line for people who are lonely and provided more than 2500 meals. Sara Marsh, Manager of Treverbyn, says, “The grants from CCF have been absolutely crucial. We wouldn’t be doing the work we have done without them.”

CCF Chief Executive, Tamas Haydu comments “We are very grateful to the wonderful team at Savills for their generous donations. These are difficult times for businesses, so we very much appreciate Savills’ commitment to supporting local communities. While we spend Christmas in our warm homes, many people are less fortunate. The donations from Savills allow fantastic community projects to reach out and help those who find themselves living on the streets.”