The Cornwall Community Foundation’s (CCF) Cornwall Club welcomed more than 200 guests to a virtual reception recently to showcase the support the foundation has provided to Cornwall in the pandemic and highlight the challenges that remain for many people. In previous years the reception has been hosted in London.

The Cornwall Club is an opportunity for people who have an affinity with Cornwall, but who live or work elsewhere, to support communities in need in the county. More than half of the private donations received by CCF to support its £1.7 million coronavirus crisis grant-making has been received from donors who live outside Cornwall.

Hosted at Cornwall Channel’s studios in Bodmin, Daphne Skinnard, a trustee of the foundation, compered the event, interviewing in-studio guests, introducing pre-recorded videos by people who received help in the crisis and joining a live cookery demonstration by Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw.

Opening the evening with Skinnard, CCF chairman Jane Hartley, thanked the donors who had made the Foundation’s work possible and highlighted the difference their donations have made to 100,000 people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Guests also heard from Alan Milliner MBE who manages White Gold Cornwall, a project that supports disadvantaged young people, about how the crisis had threatened their organisation’s work and how grants from CCF had meant they could continue to support their young people throughout the crisis.

Monique Collins, manager of the Drop In and Share Centre (DISC), explained how DISC goes about providing food and financial support for hungry people in and around Newquay. Two people who had been helped by DISC when they had found themselves in very challenging circumstances described how they were now volunteering for DISC to give something back in thanks for the support they received.

Hartley said: “Although, as Chairman of the foundation, I see the plight of those struggling because of the pandemic in Cornwall, I and all those who attended the Cornwall Club virtual event could not help but be moved by the amazing community project guests and the people they have helped. We are so very grateful for the generous support of our donors and Cornwall Club members who have enabled us to support 168 projects like White Gold Cornwall and the Drop In And Share Centre.”

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