Chamber selects charity of the year

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The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has named St Petrocs as its charity of the year.

The chamber selects a different charity to support each year and this year opted for St Petrocs, in recognition of its efforts in supporting Cornwall’s homeless.

The chamber will offer its support to St Petrocs by promoting activities, events and fundraising opportunities to its members throughout the year.

Cornwall Chamber chief executive, Kim Conchie, said: “Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is delighted to have appointed St Petrocs as our Charity of the Year 2020-21.

Chamber chief executive, Kim Conchie

“We have been so impressed with St Petrocs’ activity to help homeless people in Cornwall during the past difficult months, that they became a run-away favourite for the accolade this year. We have worked closely with them for many years including the memorable poetry reading during the Festival of Business last year, so we are delighted to give them some small recognition in this way. Thank you, Steve, Lois, Justin, Geoff and the team for everything you do for Cornwall.”

St Petrocs is currently seeing an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in Cornwall as a result of the pandemic and is expecting to see this number continue to rise.

Chief executive Steve Ellis said: “We are flattered and honoured to have been chosen as charity of the year. These are extraordinary times and knowing that the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce are so thoughtful of our work at this time means so much to us.

“This is a huge lift to our spirits as we prepare for a very busy winter period. We look forward to working together with the chamber on events, promotions and activities in the year ahead and wish to express a heartfelt thank you from all the staff, and on behalf of the clients of St Petrocs.”

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