Cornwall Hugs Grenfell began with a tentative facebook post on June 19th:
'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.'
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.
So far since June 20th 2017:
Over 480 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 pledged support.
During Covid-19 our Grenfell respite holiday work sadly came to an abrupt halt. During the pandemic we provided emergency isolation accommodation for Cornish Care Workers. We will be reviewing our activity for 2023.
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.