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Cornwall Hugs Grenfell film explores relationship between survivors and those affected by Penlee Lifeboat Disaster

December 30, 2019

Falmouth Packet: A short film was released yesterday (Sunday December 29) reflecting on the close connection between survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and a Cornish community.

'Two Communities, One Heart: Cornwall and Kensington Together' tells the story of how those affected by the tragedy were welcomed by the people of West Cornwall.

Charity Cornwall Hugs invited more than 480 survivors and others affected to visit the Penlee Lifeboat Station and learn about the 1981 lifeboat disaster that took 16 lives.

New film tells how Cornwall helps Grenfell survivors

January 02, 2020

Pirate FM: A new short film has been released which tells the story of how Cornwall has been helping survivors and people bereaved by the Grenfell Tower fire.

'Two Communities, One Heart: Cornwall & Kensington Together' sees people from communities which are 300 miles apart come together to help one another.

72 people died when the blaze broke out in London in June 2017.

Since then, over 480 of those affected have been welcomed by the Cornish people for respite, thanks to the charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell.

Cornwall's Grenfell Street sign is lit up for Christmas

December 14, 2019

Pirate FM: A street sign in Cornwall with a green heart is being lit up to mark 30 months since the Grenfell Tower fire.

Pirate FM told you how Grenfell Street in Mousehole has been given the emblem to show solidarity with the survivors and bereaved families from disaster in London.

A mark of respect and solidarity

December 12, 2019

The Cornishman: At the end of a year that saw Cornwall welcome more than 100 more Grenfell Tower fire survivors, the bereaved and firefighters for respite holidays, the new Grenfell Street sign in Mousehole will be illuminited over Christmas as a mark of respect.

The charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell has helped to provide more than 480 respite holidays since the fire on June 14, 2017, which claimed 72 lives, including those of 18 children. The switch-on of the famous Mousehole Christmas Lights on Saturday evening coincides this year with the monthly silent walk of remembrance in London.

'We have decorated the new Grenfell Street sign in Mousehole with some simple green lights and hope that, as thousands of visitors pass on December 14 and over Christmas, many might take a moment to stand in solidarity with our 'sister' community in London, for whom Christmas can be a particularly difficult time', said Esme Page, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell's founder.

Green heart emblem appears on Cornwall village street sign

August 31, 2019

Cornwall Live: "It expresses how ordinary people feel - they just want to support each other". A green heart emblem has become a permanent fixture to a Mousehole street sign this week and here's why. The 200-year-old granite street in the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole, is called Grenfell Street. It is thought to be named for the old Cornish Grenfell family, one of whose descendants gave his name to Grenfell Tower.

Much-loved reverend Julyan Drew continues to campaign from his hospice bed

June 30, 2019

A popular minister from west Cornwall has been named Grenfell's first community hero for his life-long service to his community and campaigning from his hospice bed. The Cornishman: Rev. Drew said the community award was better than a knighthood

Grief and rage mark second anniversary of Grenfell Tower fire

June 13, 2019

The Guardian: “More than ever now Grenfell survivors need our solidarity,” said Esmé Page, founder of the Cornwall Hugs Grenfell project. “They are fighting on all our behalf for safer housing, for flammable cladding to be removed from tower blocks and for an independent social housing regulator. By standing in solidarity in this way, we’re saying: ‘We’re still with you.’”

Grenfell Tower fire - four things you can do in Cornwall for victims of the tragedy two years on

June 13, 2019

Cornwall Live: Hundreds of former residents of the London tower block have been hosted for free holidays in Cornwall over the past 24 months through the Cornwall Hugs Grenfell campaign. The county that has arguably done more for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire than any other has been marking the second anniversary of the tragedy that took 72 lives. And the charity that has spearheaded the unparalleled help has outlined four ways you can still help.

Cornwall goes 'Green for Grenfell' on anniversary

June 13, 2019

Pirate FM: Cornwall is honouring the 72 people who lost their lives in the deadly Grenfell fire.


Locals in the Duchy are being urged to 'go green' to mark the two-year anniversary. At the moment, some families are still living in temporary accomodation. Cornwall Hugs Grenfell is urging everyone to support Grenfell United's Green for Grenfell day.

Cornish song sent to all schools to urge them to Go Green for Grenfell

May 21, 2019

Cornish Guardian: A song created in Cornwall is being used by the Department for Education to encourage all schools in the UK to Go Green For Grenfell.


The song, Grenfell From Today, which was filmed in London and Cornwall with Grenfell Tower fire disaster survivors and the Penlee lifeboat, was created by Philip Stopford and Andrew Longfield for charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell and recorded by the choristers of Truro Cathedral.

Beautiful Cornwall - and the beautiful Cornish - give more hugs to those hit by Grenfell tragedy

May 01, 2019

The Cornishman: Cornwall's relationship with the disaster-hit Grenfell Tower community strengthened further this Easter, with 34 survivors and bereaved people enjoying a week's respite in the county, thanks to the Cornwall Hugs Grenfell group. This brings the total number of those supported by the charity to 398, including survivors, the bereaved and firefighters. 'Our focus this year is on survivors and the bereaved', said charity founder Esme Page. 'More than a third of all Grenfell Tower survivors have now come to Cornwall for respite and we are now seeing an increase in need from those who were bereaved, especially from families with children who have lost cousins,siblings or parents.'

Leaving fear behind between Grenfell and Cornwall

March 04, 2019

Diocese of Truro: It’s hard to know where God is when something as terrible as the Grenfell Tower fire ripped through the lives of the residents, neighbours and fire-fighters, leaving a heart-breaking trail of loss and unimaginable sadness. As the news broke and Esmé Page watched along with the rest of us, an idea plopped into her head to find a way to offer hope in a hopeless situation.

Interview: Esmé Page, founder, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

April 11, 2019

Church Times: ‘So many guests say that Cornish kindness is the most healing part’. The idea just plopped into my head, like a divine download, really, as I was watching the footage on the morning of the [Grenfell] fire: “They’re going to need a sanctuary, a place to be and to grieve — they’ll need some kind of hope on the horizon.”

Quilts and pasties cement special relationship with survivors of fire

January 03, 2019

The Cornishman: Seasonal gifts of pasties and handmade patchwork quilts, with love from Cornwall to London, have helped cement the special relationship between the county and the community affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. The charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell - which has provided holidays in the county for more than 350 people affected by Britain's worst post-war fire, which happened on June 14, 2017 - joined survivors and other members of the local community in the London borough of Kensington for a "pasty and quilt" event on the eve of the day which marked 18 months since the disaster and for a silent walk of remembrance on the day itself.

It's the West at its best

September 07, 2018

Western Morning News: As the public inquiry resumed this week into the Grenfell fire tragedy that claimed the lives of 72 people in June 2017, a Cornish charity set up in its aftermath to help survivors welcomed its 300th guest.

Grenfell Tower fire survivors visit the Isles of Scilly thanks to inspirational Cornwall Hugs campaign

September 08, 2018

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have visited the Isles of Scilly for the first time thanks to the incredible work of a Cornish charity.

The Big Story: Cornwall continues to cradle the children of Grenfell fire tragedy

June 20, 2018

The Cornishman: A week after we marked the first anniversary of the Grenfell tower block fire tragedy, Simon Parker observes the ongoing work of a Cornish charity formed in the wake of the disaster - Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

The Big Story: Cornwall continues to cradle the children of Grenfell fire tragedy

June 20, 2018

The West Briton: A week after we marked the first anniversary of the Grenfell tower block fire tragedy, Simon Parker observes the ongoing work of a Cornish charity formed in the wake of the disaster - Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

How Cornwall has helped Grenfell survivors find happiness in their darkest hour

June 16, 2018

Cornwall Live: Cornwall Hugs Grenfell is a unique and inspired charity that has transformed the lives of those caught up in the tragic fire in London a year ago

A year on, Cornwall continues to cradle children of Grenfell

June 15, 2018

Western Morning News: In the week that we mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell fire tragedy, Simon Parker observes the ongoing work of a Cornish charity formed in the wake of the disaster.

How Cornwall was able to create a 'legacy of love' for Grenfell Tower fire survivors one year on from the disaster

June 13, 2018

Cornwall Live: Exactly one year on from the Grenfell Tower fire Cornwall is continuing to offer love and support thanks to Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

Cornwall sings for Grenfell one year on

June 13, 2018

Pirate FM: Cornwall stops to remember the victims, a year after the devastating tower fire in London.

Song For Grenfell By Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

June 12, 2018

Heart FM: ‘GRENFELL From Today’ by Stopford and Longfield, is offered in love and respect for all those affected by Grenfell Tower Fire, June 14 2017.

Cornwall based Grenfell Hugs launch charity single in time for anniversary of devastating fire

June 07, 2018

The Packet: The people behind a Cornish initiative to provide respite holidays for Grenfell Survivors and firefighters have released a charity single as an expression of remembrance and solidarity for those affected by the devastating fire.

Grenfell single released to mark ‘immense loss and legacy of love’ one year on

June 07, 2018

The Evening Express: Esme Page, whose charity came up with the idea, said the Grenfell From Today song was a “celebration of the community spirit that blossomed in the wake of the fire”.

Grenfell single released to mark `immense loss and legacy of love´ one year on

June 07, 2018

The Daily Mail: A charity single has been released to mark the “immense loss and the legacy of love” following the Grenfell Tower fire.

Grenfell single released to mark ‘immense loss and legacy of love’ one year on

June 07, 2018

ITV News: A charity single has been released to mark the “immense loss and the legacy of love” following the Grenfell Tower fire. Esme Page, whose charity came up with the idea, said the Grenfell From Today song was a “celebration of the community spirit that blossomed in the wake of the fire”.

'GRENFELL From Today' out Friday

June 02, 2018

The Sunday Times: On Friday June 8th, 'GRENFELL From Today’ will be released in iTunes and via a YouTube video. It’s a new song of remembrance and solidarity which also celebrates the community spirit that blossomed in the wake of the fire. To download free sheet music please click here

The RNLI and Cornwall Hugs bring smiles to children following Grenfell tragedy

May 14, 2018

The RNLI: The RNLI has been working alongside the charity Cornwall Hugs to bring some joy into the lives of youngsters affected by the Grenfell fire which claimed 71 lives in June 2017.

Cornwall Hugs Grenfell: a personal response to a public tragedy

February 01, 2018

Cornwall Today: feature on Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

Cornwall Hugs Grenfell project included on inspirational women list for International Women's Day 2018

March 08, 2018

It’s great the project is so visible - I see this listing as recognition of what over 1000 people (men and women) in Cornwall have done for those in W11.

Show of solidarity - and praise - as Cornwall continues to hug Grenfell

December 11, 2017

Western Morning News: Members of a Cornish voluntary organisation helping families and emergency workers affected by the Grenfell tower fire have been thanked by London's senior fire officer on the eve of a memorial service for the 71 victims. Cornwall Hugs Grenfell (CHG) was set up in the immediate aftermath of the disaster to offer respite holidays to residents, rescuers and support workers caught up in the tragedy. Since June 14, nearly 200 people have been welcomed to Cornwall, with many more registered for 2018 - all thanks to the generosity of businesses and individuals.

Bereaved families from Grenfell Tower disaster say break in Cornwall has got children ‘smiling and laughing from their hearts again’

November 24, 2017

​Cornwall Live report: One mother described the week-long trip to Porthtowan as 'indescribable therapy'

Grenfell’s child victims live on in ‘dream jar’

November 12, 2017

The Sunday Times: Youngsters whose fellow pupils were killed in the inferno last June tell how they try to preserve their memories

Grenfell families and firefighters enjoy half-term week of joy in Cornwall to forget horror of fire

October 30, 2017

Evening Standard report: Grenfell Tower survivors and firefighters enjoyed a half-term week of joy in Cornwall to forget the horror of the devastating blaze.

Meet the British Woman Helping Grenfell Tower Survivors ‘Make New Memories’ in Cornwall

October 04, 2017

Global Citizen: As Esme Page watched the footage of flames consuming Grenfell Tower in north London, she felt a powerful urge to do something to help the families whose lives were torn apart by the fire. 

Cornish trip eases pain for Grenfell fire survivors

September 02, 2017

The Times: A scheme providing holidays for devastated families has welcomed its first visitors. Paddling in the surf under a clear blue Cornish sky, Sara Chebiouni, 9, and her mother, Hanan Wahabi, were full of laughter last week as they tried their hand at kayaking for the first time.

Grenfell Tower fire: mother’s 250-mile message of hope

September 02, 2017

The Times: On the morning of the Grenfell Tower disaster, Esme Page, a mother of two boys, aged 7 and 10, was watching the news 250 miles away in Cornwall.

Cornwall Hugs Grenfell sees families affected by the tower block fire rest and recuperate on holiday

September 03, 2017

Cornwall Live report: Families affected by the Grenfell fire disaster have been enjoying the best of Cornish fun, food, fresh air and attractions after a special week-long holiday was organised for them.

Grenfell families holiday in Cornwall

September 04, 2017

Pirate FM report: The first families hit by the Grenfell Tower fire have had a week-long holiday to Cornwall.

Grenfell Tower survivors take healing trip to Cornwall

September 03, 2017

Evening Standard report: Survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster have told of how a group holiday to Cornwall helped them to let out their pain.

Families find space to heal as Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

September 03, 2017

Survivors from the fire which consumed Grenfell Tower in June have spent a week enjoying the best of Cornish hospitality in Falmouth.

Grenfell families recharge in Cornwall

September 03, 2017</