Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, near Padstow, has donated £2.5k each to two local charities – Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Wadebridge Foodbank.

The money has been raised through the park’s visitor gifting scheme. Guests booking online are offered the opportunity of adding a pound to the cost of their stay, to be donated to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

For every pound gifted, the park matches that sum to donate to Wadebridge Foodbank. Customers can opt out of the donation if they wish.

The idea of introducing the scheme came whilst park owner, Patrick Langmaid, was visiting a caravan trade show in Hampshire. His hotel bill included a small, optional, donation for the protection of the nearby New Forest national park.

He said: “I could see the beauty of the New Forest and could see how the scheme would work. I thought it was a great idea and that Cornwall’s natural beauty could benefit in the same way, so I introduced it at our holiday park.”

This is the second year the visitor gifting scheme has been in operation. Its success has far exceeded expectation with around 60% of customers donating this year.