Earlier this year, we launched a competition in collaboration with Cornwall Live and Westcountry Fruit Sales to find ideas that are making a real difference to Cornish communities.
Inspired by reaching our own £50m milestone of money raised for community-benefitting projects across the UK, we wanted to pay homage to our roots and offer five different projects right here on our doorstep the chance to win £1,000 towards a Crowdfunder project. We are always bowled over by both the quality and quantity of entries submitted for the campaigns that we host, and Projects that matter: Cornwall was no exception.
Rob Love, CEO at Crowdfunder, said, “Part of Crowdfunder’s objective is to highlight really brilliant things that are happening in communities. These are the things that get crowdfunded because it’s clear that they have benefits for other people.”
Making the world of difference in Cornwall
By co-ordinating voluntary beach cleans in Cornwall to collect, sort, record and reuse plastics for educational activities, Beach Guardian hope to both educate and inspire people in the county along the way.
Project owner Rob said, “To be recognised by Cornwall Live, West Country and Crowdfunder is amazing. Since we launched our Facebook page at the end of last year and started our Beach Guardian CIC earlier this year, we have been overwhelmed by the reaction and support that we have received. Crowdfunder have been hugely supportive of our initiative; even to the extent that their staff in Newquay are now regular beach cleaners themselves!”
Rob added, “We want to engage with 1,000 volunteers in 12 months at our beach cleans, and also engage with 5,000 children by visiting schools. We are aware of the amazing work already happening thanks to other groups, teachers, volunteers and parents, but we know that if we can work with even more schools in Cornwall then we can spread the message and make changes in our communities.”
Sadly, many of the hospital waiting rooms in Cornwall lack facilities and, inspired by their own warrior Finn who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the very young age of 5, Finnsarmy was born. Looking to transform the kids waiting areas at RCH Treliske, Finnsarmy want to make waiting happier, easier and more fun for poorly kids and their parents.
Project owner Nat said, “The £1,000 is a huge boost to what we do and means that we can help out more across general kids waiting rooms at Treliske. Crowdfunding has given more people an opportunity to donate (both big and small) easily to a project that they believe in. For us, it means more happy kids and that is priceless.”
Nat added, “Our impact is huge! Just yesterday I spent time with a beautiful little lady aged only 7 using one of our iPads at Treliske. Her road will be brighter because of our project. Can you imagine the thousands and thousands of kids that will use our kit in the waiting rooms? You simply cannot put a number or a price on that.”
Keep Cornwall Fed
Established in 2016 by two chefs, Keep Cornwall Fed is a catering company with a difference. Aiming to reduce food waste and prevent food poverty, they teach vital cooking skills to kids in schools and youth centres across Cornwall.
Project owner Mike said, “The £1,000 win means a huge deal as it will enable us to plan and implement a structured 6 week cookery course for young people in Cornwall, without putting a strain on our resources. Crowdfunding is also great for our project as it gets our message out to people and restores our faith that we are doing a good thing when people pledge.”
Mike added, “Our long term goal in Cornwall is to end food poverty.”
Final Straw Cornwall
Set up by Cornish grandmother Pat Smith, The Final Straw aims to make the beautiful county of Cornwall free of single-use plastic straws in the next two years. With 12 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year, causes such as this are as crucial as ever.
Project owner Pat said, “The entire volunteer team of Final Straw Cornwall were ecstatic when they heard about the £1K win. We have no official funding and this means that we can continue to raise awareness. We have thus far solely been run on the amazing graces of our passionate volunteers, but we need help to spread our message. It all starts with a conversation about conservation. The long term goal is to continue to work collaboratively with other plastic free groups and initiatives across Cornwall to host educational events and expand the website into a knowledge hub for plastic free living and sustainability. Crowdfunding is the difference between achieving our goal of making Cornwall plastic straw free or not.”
Pat added, “Plastic straws are a clear example of completely unnecessary single use plastic that is used for an average of just 20 minutes and then discarded. Remarkably, every plastic straw on the planet right now will outlive everyone reading these words! Cornwall is almost completely surrounded by the sea with an impressive coastline that wraps around it for almost 300miles, so we are perfectly positioned to lead the way and have the classification of being plastic straw free before anywhere else in the UK. We hope all businesses, particularly within the hospitality and events industries, will sign up to support us and stop offering and supplying single use plastic straws.”
Old Bakery Studios
Old Bakery Studios is a creative venture that includes artist and business studios within a renovation of a historic local site on the river in Truro. Their goal is to make this new independent fringe arts venue accessible for all.