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Cornwall Hugs Grenfell began with a facebook post on June 20th, 2017:
'Imagine if we could put a Cornish holiday on the horizon of every Grenfell resident and firefighter family: a time to rest, a time to let our beautiful county bless these people and work its gentle magic.'
Following this simple Facebook in the week of Grenfell Tower Fire, I was overwhelmed by the wave of Cornish kindness that flooded back and so decided to put the idea into action.
Since then countless individuals and businesses have joined the vision, offering accommodation, activities and skills.
Nearly 500 Grenfell Tower survivors, bereaved, close neighbours or firefighters have now come on holiday to Cornwall through the project. Over a third of all tower survivors have come. 250+ accommodation providers, from large operations to individual owners have pledged accommodation and 200+ businesses have offered support. Well over 1,000 individuals have been involved from Cornwall and it has been a rich, rewarding experience for both our communities.
During the pandemic, we pivoted our work to provide emergency isolation accommodation for Cornish Care Workers.
We now continue stand in solidarity with the Grenfell Community.
Every step of the way, this project has been practically supported by immense human kindness and it feels to me, also divinely supported in every way. Encouragement and provision have come from all corners of the county and beyond. I am enormously grateful to those offering time and resource to support the vision for Grenfell and later in the pandemic, for Care Workers.
A huge thank you to the many volunteers who at different times since the start have supported us with skills, advice, time, experience and lots of encouragement. In particular, my thanks to our trustees, Andrew Holt, Rev Jeremy Putnam and Jac Smith. Without their support, the work would not be possible.
Thank you for taking an interest in our work.
Founder, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell
Cornwall Hugs Grenfell is part of Cornwall Hugs, registered charity 1177796.
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