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Cornwall Calling celebrates the CCF in London

30 April 2015

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A unique charity event celebrated Cornwall at Two Temple Place on the 29th of April. The evening hosted by the CCF showcased innovative business and fundraising ideas, all aimed to help Cornish communities.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the poorest county in England with higher than average levels of poverty. The CCF has invested over £6m into Cornish communities in the last 10 years reaching out to the most vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged people. The CCF established the Cornwall Club for those who live outside Cornwall and want to help the CCF in sustaining thriving communities in Cornwall.

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150 guests showed their support by joining the foundation for this inspiring evening, canapés were prepared and served by the apprentices from Jaimie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall.

The lively evening was compered by Cornwall Club chairman Tom Varcoe and heartfelt, informative presentations highlighted the need in Cornwall and gave innovative ideas on how to support the communities. Speakers included Henry Ashworth, who initiated the ski resort idea at Watergate Bay and helped set up Fifteen Cornwall, and Tom Van Oss, investment banker and Governor of Falmouth University, who is a major donor to the CCF.

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Tom Varcoe, Chairman of the Cornwall Club, said "This event has proven that there is a will to support our work in Cornwall from those who are passionate about the county but who are based elsewhere. We are bringing together people from all over the world who have connections with the county, be it family ties, business links, a holiday home or just a love of the county. Cornwall is unique in this respect and we are excited about the opportunity this presents to work with people who love the county and are willing to give something back to its people."

‘We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Cornwall’s friends,’ added Oliver Baines, Chief Executive of the Foundation. The challenges facing many people in Cornwall are enormous, and we shall need continuing support to be able to contribute to a successful and flourishing Cornish community in the future.’

The event was kindly supported by the Cornwall Development Company, Savills Estate Agents, Coodes Solicitors, Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, St Austell Brewery, Healey’s Cornish Cider Farm, Camel Valley and Cornish Natural Spring Water.

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