Alternative Christmas gifts to help Cornish charities
Christmas gifts that will help people in need in Cornwall will be available for the first time this year.
A pilot scheme is being launched this year to offer people the chance to buy gifts ranging from a zip wire experience for disabled youngsters to a backpack bed.
The Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum (CIPF) has launched the Cornish Christmas giving scheme with 12 charities involved across the county.
Alison Mandeville, administrator of the scheme, said: “The idea is that if you wanted to give a friend a Christmas present then instead of a pair of socks you would give, for example, £15 which would feed a couple for three days through the Truro foodbank.”
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Vouchers which represent the gift to the charity are given as a present.
“We are hoping to raise lots of money for the charities who do so much work for Cornwall. It’s a new thing for Cornwall and it brings people’s attention to 12 organisations.
The donations could start from £1 which would provide a breakfast for a homeless person from the Truro Homeless Action Group (Thag).
Michaela McConville, chairman of Thag, said: “It helps us because it makes everybody aware that we exist.
“If somebody can spare £10 that could buy 10 breakfasts to set up one of our clients every day.”
The scheme has received funding and support from the Diocese of Truro and the Rosemullion Trust.
The catalogue is available online at www.cornwallindependentpovertyforum.btck.co.uk. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07582 736531.