Cornwall Club membership launched in London
18 May 2017
Cornwall Community Foundation launched its Cornwall Club membership scheme at a celebration reception for 160 guests at Two Temple Place in London on 10 May. The Cornwall Club is an opportunity for people who have an affinity with Cornwall, but who live or work elsewhere, to support communities in need in the county.
Tom Van Oss, Chair of the Cornwall Club, told the meeting, “So many people in Cornwall need help. 40% of employees in South East Cornwall earn below the living wage. Cornwall’s small, unsung, front-line, local communities need support. It is as basic as that.”
Tom continued, “Because CCF is not a single cause charity we have the flexibility to help a diverse range of local causes throughout Cornwall and at a very low cost.”
Guests enjoyed Cornish food and drink, with canapés prepared and served by apprentices from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay, and drinks supplied by Sipsmith, St Austell Brewery, Camel Valley Vineyard, Healeys Cyder Farm and Cornish Natural Spring Waters. Tamas Haydu, Chief Executive of CCF, comments, “We are very grateful to our main event sponsors: Savills, Foot Anstey and Invest in Cornwall, as well as our Cornish food and drink suppliers. Cornwall Living also kindly provided printing. It is a measure of the depth of commitment of businesses in Cornwall keen to support their local communities.”
Speaking at the event Jane Hartley, Cornwall Community Foundation Vice-Chair, shared her journey of engagement with the Foundation from friend to fund-holder and now also as Vice-Chair of Trustees. Jane encouraged the Cornwall Club guests, “CCF is grateful to the many donors who contribute substantially already but we need to broaden our network. Let’s make addressing the needs of the vulnerable communities in Cornwall our problem, not someone else’s and with the Cornwall Club’s help, together we can be stronger.”