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November 2017 - Business Support

What’s in a week’s group holiday for 45 guests? Four main areas:

1.       Accommodation, Transport, Logistics, Catering

2.      Educational Experiences

3.      Fun Physical Activities

4.      Therapeutic Activities

 

We estimate that donations from businesses represent circa £35K in value.

1. Accommodation, Transport, Logistics and Catering

  • Able and Cole: organic fruit and veg boxes 

  • Amanda Langley: Rocky Road and Hot Choc Melting treats for each home

  • Blue Bar, Porthtowan: board room for our pasty lunch, free hot chocs for everyone

  • Chapel on the Hill: cakes, conversation, pocket money

  • Cornwall County Council: waived coach park charges

  • Cornish Foodbox Company: 14 welcome hampers with local produce 

  • Cornish Tent Co: fairy-lit TiPi Tent all week for group activities

  • Emily’s, Truro: coffee and cake 

  • First Kernow: last-minute transport assistance

  • Harbour Lights, Falmouth: 60 Fish and Chips delivered to Swanpool beach

  • Higgins Gift Shop, Perranporth: buckets and spades 

  • Linen & Clay: 3 Tier Birthday Cake for Qais’ 5th birthday

  • McSalvors: torches to help guide the way through the resort

  • Megabus.com: 72 seater coach and driver all week London to Cornwall and all around 

  • Mountain Warehouse: fleeces and torches

  • Muddy Puddles: stylish wellies and warm waterproofs for all the children

  • OTS: last-minute transport assistance (manager jumped in a bus to help us out)

  • Porthtowan Post Office: fishing nets for rock-pooling

  • Rowes Pasties: hot pasties by the sea after surfing at Newquay 

  • Sals Shoes: made contact to Muddy Puddles and co-ordinated donation 

  • Soft Floor: soft flooring for the tent to make it warm and cosy and usable for fun 

  • Soul Church: cakes, conversetion, pocket money

  • Survive Alive: loan of rubber matting for the Tipi

  • The Atlantic: Fish and Chips at cost for the first night 

  • Towan Valley Resort: 16 accommodation units and lots of extra help all week

  • Trago Mills: rugs for the tent

  • Truro Foodbank: staple supplies for each family for the week

  • Truro Lounge: coffee and cake for parents 

  • Truro Prep pupils: a whole car full of donated toys and cuddlies for the Tipi

  • Volunteer Cornwall: minibuses to ferry families back and forth one afternoon to Portreath 

  • Wellington Catering Company: amazing fish pies for families and mobilising numerous suppliers sourcing pasties etc

  • Woodfired Canteen: fabulous farewell feast for 60 on the last night

2. Educational Activities

  • Blue Reef Aquarium: free entry for everyone

  • Cornish Wildlife Trust: rockpooling and searching for sea creatures

  • Eden Project: free entry - bringing the rainforest to life

  • John Brolly: magical story-telling in the Tipi tent 

  • Maritime Museum: free entry, learning about the sea, all types of boats and craft

  • Newquay Zoo: free entry and extra helpers to explain the animals 

  • Screech Owl Sanctuary: special session meeting the owls up close

  • Truro Prep School: full afternoon of activities from fencing to bushcraft, forest school to drama and DT. Lunch together including specially sourced Halal meat. 

  • Wild Space: bushcraft sessions for the children

3. Fun Physical Activities

  • Clip and Climb at Gwel An Mor: indoor climbing experience

  • Elemental UK: paddle-boarding and kayaking including for our disabled guest who swam for an hour in the sea in a wetsuit for the first time since her disability. For some, their first time in the sea

  • Jump 4: trampolining fun for all the children and some adults! 

  • Mount Hawke Surf Academy: chance to surf for the first time

  • Waterworld, Newquay: fun splashing around in a slightly warmer pool

4. Therapeutic Activities 

  • Inspiring Health: co-ordinated 6 masseurs to give 24 sessions to mums

  • Kana Kernow: Freedom Singing Workshop for the whole group with blessings from around the world  

  • Living Voice: Sound Journey Meditation 

  • Penhaligon’s Friends: Child Bereavement Workshop for parents - ages and stages of grief, tools, sharing. A very moving, much appreciated session.  

  • Wild Art Cornwall: Sculpture Workshop by PTSD therapist Pat McWilliam 

And a wonderful team of over 30 volunteers who helped meet, greet, carry luggage, make cups of tea, tend cuts and grazes, carry luggage, add local knowledge and yarns, pick up lost socks and wet towels, check guests on and off the bus, solve problems, structure arts and crafts sessions, make more cups of tea, set up the Tipi, clear up the Tipi, set up the Tipi again and generally add smiles, warmth and friendship to the whole week.

Comments from Families

"These families have attended up to five funerals in the last few months. ‘The level of trauma and bereavement in the community is unprecedented in post-war Britain. We felt it was vital to offer some respite for these grieving families - a chance to get out from under the shadow of the tower. I am especially moved by the courageous love of the mothers. They field the same agonising questions every day, comfort little ones during sleepless nights and try to reassure children when they are anxious, angry, hyper or simply not themselves."

Esme Page, Founder, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell
Comments from Business Sponsors

‘I know that the team at Towan Valley will treasure this week in their hearts. To see the children having such fun and the parents so relaxed shows they have had a healing break from their realities in London. We look forward to a long and lasting working relationship with Cornwall Hugs.’

Rowan Clark, Resort owner
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