Same team: new cause for the Cornwall Christmas Fair 2020
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2020 CORNWALL CHRISTMAS FAIR TO SUPPORT CORNWALL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
This year’s Cornwall Christmas Fair will take place at the Eden Project on Thursday 12 November, with a Preview & Shopping Evening on Wednesday 11 November. This year sees a change of fund raising focus, with funds being raised to support Cornwall Community Foundation, as it plays a crucial role in supporting Cornwall’s struggling communities emerging from COVID-19.
For the last 28 years, the group of organising volunteers behind the Cornwall Christmas Fair have chosen to fund raise for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year a record breaking £68,500 was raised for Cornwall’s cancer patients, bringing the total raised for Macmillan in Cornwall to more than £730,000 over the years. “As an independent group with no official affiliation to any charity, we are acutely aware of the many worthy causes that need urgent funds in Cornwall,” explains Kate Holborow, Co-Chair of the Cornwall Christmas Fair. “This has been brought even more starkly to the fore by what we are seeing our Cornish communities going through at the moment, with the forecast for the county looking pretty bleak. So we have made the difficult decision to move away from Macmillan and are giving a three year commitment to a different but equally important cause.”
The Cornwall Community Foundation has been right at the forefront in supporting vulnerable Cornish communities since COVID hit. In the last ten weeks the Cornwall Community Foundation Emergency Fund has handed out 198 grants totalling just under £440,000 to over 119 organisations, ranging from local food banks, to family support groups and those providing care to vulnerable individuals. The fund will be in even more demand as the rebuild process starts, with so many across Cornwall facing a challenging future. The Eden Project has again very generously offered to host the Fair and sponsors including Lillicrap Chilcott, Ginsters of Cornwall, Dales, Coodes, Walker Crips, Nixon Design, Jarrang, VoiceGroup, Wild West, and The Old Ship Hotel have already confirmed their support. “We are hugely grateful to the Eden Project and to our generous sponsors for their continued support,” continues Kate Holborow. “The Cornwall Christmas Fair is a stalwart on the seasonal calendar and we are delighted to be able to announce our 2020 dates. There is no doubt that the Fair will need to look a little different this year and we will obviously be working closely with the Eden team to ensure that all required distancing is in place.”