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St Andrews Church receives funding from the C100

15 December 2014

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St Andrews Church in Redruth received £500 funding from the Cornwall Community Foundation’s business arm towards funding of a safety gate in the church. The church is often used for community events and the safety gate will ensure that the stairway is secure. C100 members David Brewer from Brewer and Bunney Ltd, Matthew Dawes & Mike Blundell from Miller & Son Estate Agents’ Redruth Office visited the project.

In addition to church services St Andrews cater for the local people by hosting a craft club and social club for the elderly and operating Searchlight Youth Group offering a wide range of subsidised activities for young people aged from 4 to 16 irrespective of their religious belief or financial position. The church is also a host for a number of large community events like Remembrance Day, community concerts and is one of the venues for the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival.  With large numbers of people attending these events the security of the stone steps had been of particular concern.

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Many activities are held in either the church itself or the church hall (crypt) situated below it.  The two disabled toilets are sited on the same level as the hall and are only accessible by going down some steep stone steps.  Whilst there are appropriate hand rails on the way down, the top of the steps was open. This had been a concern and the safety gates will prevent young children or the elderly falling down them accidently.

Richard Robinson Treasurer said “St Andrews are very grateful for the grant support provided by the Cornwall Community Foundation’s 100 Club. This will assist with the cost of fitting safety gates to protect in particular old and young visitors from falling down the stone steps which lead from the church down to our community hall. It is very helpful to organisations like St Andrews to have access to grant funding where the application is assessed by people with local knowledge.”

David Brewer from C100 member Brewer and Bunney Ltd said “Brewer & Bunney have been members of the Cornwall Community Foundation 100 Club for a number of years. It is a great way for us to put investment back into the community. The grant to St Andrews is exactly the kind of investment the 100 Club likes to make, where a relatively small sum can make a massive difference. I would encourage businesses in the County to sign up and make their financial commitment into Cornwall's own Charity, where you can have a voice on how the investments are made, and see how the money is spent.”

Jeremy Miller from Miller and Son said “Miller and Son are proud to be part of the C100 club and The Cornwall Community Foundation, as a group we have helped not just here in Redruth but also many other worthwhile causes throughout Cornwall. As a firm, we cover nearly all of Cornwall, and everyone feels that collectively we are helping someone else in our local community, a feel good factor all round! We look forward to more fundraising in the New Year.”

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