Falmouth-based superyacht specialist Pendennis Shipyard donated over £15k to local charities and community projects over the course of 2019, through a variety of company fundraising initiatives.
With over 50 recipients benefitting from financial contributions throughout the year, causes included St Petrocs, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Penhaligon’s Friends, Falmouth Dementia Café, Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club, Surfers Against Sewage, Cornwall Care, iSight Cornwall, and several local schools.
The funds came from activities such as staff raffles and fundraising at the annual summer fete, as well as 100% of the proceeds from a small monthly charge for use of the staff car park which was recently built on newly acquired land within the docks.
In addition to these initiatives, 30 of the Pendennis workforce participated in the National Movember campaign and managed to raise £4,228.88. This was donated to The Chestnut Appeal, which aims to raise awareness and support the very latest in treatments and technology for men’s cancers in the south west.
Each year one local charity is chosen to be the main focus of the company’s yearly fundraising, dubbed the ‘Charity of the Year’. Pendennis’ charity committee elected for the 2019 Charity of the Year to be The Dracaena Centre, a local charity and facility who promote sports, health, training, and restorative and social justice, and support young people, early years, families, older people and the wider community.
This year Pendennis’ Charity of the Year was chosen via a companywide voting system, with Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care receiving the most votes. Throughout the coming year an array of activities will be organised within the company to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care, which in 2020 celebrates its 40th year of providing adult hospice care in Cornwall.