The Charles Reynolds Fund opens to tackle effects of generational poverty in Cornwall

We are delighted to welcome applications to newly created The Charles Reynolds Fund. The fund, established thanks to the generosity of Charles Reynolds, Founder and owner of Truro-based Medical Device Technology Business CJ Medical, specialists in surgical and medical innovations, will focus on tackling the effects of generational poverty in Cornwall. CJ Medical is also a founding member of our CCF Business Club.

Recent government figures show that in Cornwall 21,945 children were living in poverty, with most having at least one parent who was working. In Newquay Central, Falmouth Penwerris and St Ives, for example, between 34% and 39% of children live in households in poverty.

Charles Reynolds commented, “Growing up in any form of poverty can reduce access to resources, hinder development and contribute to the challenges of life long educational and professional attainment. I am delighted to establish a fund to help address the challenges of generational poverty and support communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Applications are invited from community organisations and charities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for grants that alleviate the effects of poverty for families and young people through one or more of the following themes: sport, nutrition, education and rehabilitation.

Reducing the effects of poverty is a key aim of the Foundation. The CCF Business Club has previously supported projects like Whole Again Communities (WAC), based in Penzance. WAC teaches disadvantaged people to grow and cook good quality, affordable food from scratch so they can embrace healthy eating at home. During lockdown, the group continued supporting their members with twice weekly Facebook live workshops on gardening and cooking.

Our Chief Executive, Tamas Haydu adds, ”We are very grateful indeed for the support of Charles Reynolds in setting up this exciting new fund. The fund will offer opportunities that change the lives of those that take part. It’s great also to see a long-term supporter and Business Club member going the extra mile to help their local community.”

To apply for funding for projects that alleviate generational poverty in Cornwall or for more information, click here.

In addition to helping causes that tackle the immediate and long-term need of Cornish communities, Charles also supports global initiatives advancing science and saving lives through The Charles Reynolds Foundation. To find out more, click here.