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Cornish businesses are stepping up to support local charity BF Adventure in its time of greatest need, helping it to continue supporting young people in crisis.

The charity, which delivers crucial services to young people who are vulnerable, have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and/or are disabled, lost nearly all of its income due to the coronavirus crisis, following the temporary closure of its site to groups and the public.

It has launched a Crowdfunder campaign to help cover its overheads and deliver these crucial services. Businesses have been pledging their support through a number of options including  a corporate sponsorship package with a range of benefits, paying it forward and purchasing a teambuilding/team away day, or team entry into its Business Challenge Event, which will now take place in May 2021.

A number of Cornish businesses and organisations have already confirmed their participation in this Krypton Factor-style team-building event, including Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Business Cornwall, Pendennis Shipyard Ltd, Coastline Housing, Stephens Scown and Nixon Design, while Serco has pledged to enter a team and become a headline sponsor. In addition, The Cornish Barista has donated a generous £500 in corporate sponsorship.

BF Adventure CEO, Adrian Richards, said: “We are incredibly thankful. Our work is needed more than ever now and for some young people, we are their only source of education or appropriate social contact as they cannot manage other provisions offered. We often find that as they gain our trust, they also open up about other aspects like domestic abuse, substance misuse and housing issues – dangers which have intensified through this pandemic.”

The Crowdfunder campaign closes on Thursday (May 28). To pledge your support, click here. Once closed, there will still be opportunities to work with BF Adventure and those interested can contact adrian.richards@bfadventure.org.

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