Making Christmas
better for Cornwall

Welcome to Cornwall Christmas Box 2018

Following the overwhelming success of Cornwall Christmas Box 2017, (540 boxes – did we mention that?) we are just starting to organise things for Cornwall Christmas Box 2018. 

We are delighted to have been caught out by so many boxes being donated, and are making plans now for a larger number coming in this year. We are going to be contacting all last year’s collection points soon, and inviting them to participate again this y ear. We will be calling on our friends at Control Print for more posters and leaflets, and arranging with community groups to receive boxes.
Please don’t start buying food for boxes yet – but start thinking about it. There will be more announcements and collection points coming on board, and we’ll keep everyone posted. We ill be asking for volunteers to help out – we have a shortage of able-bodied people to come out on the vans with us, for example – so watch out!


The boxes are given out by Cornwall Council’s teams working with vulnerable and impoverished families, the poorest in Cornwall, and you really make a difference to their lives.

We hear many wonderful stories about how doing this has impacted those giving and the trouble and effort people have gone to in order to help out those less fortunate. Thank you all so much for your involvement, and watch this space for more stories from this  year.

The point of Cornwall Christmas Box is to make Christmas better for people in Cornwall, and we love that you want to help us do that. Thank you.


Each box contains enough food for Christmas dinner with all the extra little goodies, treats like mince pies and biscuits, and of course Christmas pudding – which all go to make up a feast for a family in need. Due to storage and distribution limitations we can’t accept fresh food but there are plenty of good things to eat that can still be included. A typical box costs around £30-£40 but you can share the cost by getting together with friends, neighbours and colleagues to fill a box together. The boxes will be distributed by Cornwall Council’s ‘Children’s Early Help, Social Care and Psychology Service’ team and some Children’s Centres to families in need. Following the success of 2017, we will again be delivering to local council offices, so Boxes collected in the Penzance area will go to help families near Penzance, and so on. (Please don’t take the boxes to your local council offices yourself.)

Here’s what to do

  • Print out the checklist (click here to download printable pdf)
  • Get shopping! Make sure that everything you buy for the box will still be in date at Christmas.
  • Cover a closable cardboard box in Christmas paper – we need it to have proper close-able portions that fold over so we can transport the boxes more easily!
  • Tick off each item on the checklist as you put it into the box. You can add other items too, but we need to be clear – NO ALCOHOL, and we’d prefer nothing breakable either.
  • Drop it off at one of the collection points by Sunday 9 December; we’ll be collecting them on Tuesday 11th December, so there’s plenty of time to get them to the people who need them before Christmas.

If you have a question, please email us on or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter. Please don’t email to tell us you’re donating, but do drop us a line if you have a question.

Happy shopping!

Collection points

These were the collection points from 2017, and we will contacting them all shortly to find out if they want to be involved again this year.  We’ll update the list as we find out more.

North Cornwall

Lucy Jenner-Brown PR & Events

The HoHouse, Unit 2, Hope Yard, Hope Terrace, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1NN

Duchy Designs Creative Kitchens

The Duchy Unit, Hawksfield Cornwall, A39 Atlantic Highway, St Breock, Wadebridge PL27 7LR

The Laid-back Coffee Co

Alexandra Rd, Porth TR7 3NB (Next to Roo’s Beach Shop)

Nicki B’s Pasty Shop

22 Fore St, Port Isaac PL29 3RB


Charlie’s Cafe and Deli

14th Century Cottage, Fore Street, Tintagel PL34 0DA


Concern Wadebridge

The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge, PL27 7BX


Kilkhampton Spar shop

The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ

Mid Cornwall

Barefoot Media

Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL


Luxulyan School

Luxulyan, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5EE

The Hall, Treverbyn

Treverbyn Community Hall, Treverbyn Road, Stenalees, Cornwall.
PL26 8TL

Carclaze School

St Pirans Close, St Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3TF
Open for collections 7:45am – 4pm.
4th – 8th December only.


St Petroc’s Church Bodmin (acting as a collection point for all the Bodmin Team Ministry churches)

St Petroc’s Church Office, Priory Rd, Bodmin PL31 2DT

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm only

West Cornwall

Control Print

Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS


St Uny Primary School

Polmenor Drive, Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2SQ


Penhaligon Building

Cornwall College, Trevenson Road, Redruth TR15 3RD (the building next to the bright blue one, facing the A30 sliproad, not the main front of the campus)

Whole Again Commmunities

Treneere estate, Penzance


Mullion Secondary School

Meaver Road, Mullion, Helston, TR12 7EB.  Between 7 and 12 December only, 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Falmouth and Penryn

Falmouth Natural Health

30/31 Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EQ.  Open 9-4 Mon –
Thur, 9-6 Fri

The Jolly Sailor CrossFit Studio

Longdowns Ind Est. Penryn Cornwall TR10 9NA

Truro area

Truro Vineyard Church

c/o Trelander Children’s Centre, Truro, TR1 1PH, during our collection service on Sunday 10 December only.

Clive Pearce Property

31 Lemon St., Truro. TR1 2LS

Epiphany House

Truro. TR1 3DR

Polwhele House Preparatory School

Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9AE (for pupils and families only, not for the general public)


Spar Shop

Tresawles Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LF

Pollaughan Holiday Cottages

Portscatho, Roseland Peninsula, TR2 5EH


Building A, Green Court, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro. TR4 9LF


Vans Store

25 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2QW

South East Cornwall



26 Fore Street, Liskeard PL14 3JB


    • Donate a box!
    • Get together with colleagues, friends, neighbours and anyone else you can persuade to join you, to donate a box
    • Ask whether your school, church or business could act as a collection point. We’re particularly keen to find collection points in North Cornwall!
    • Donate some storage space! If you have room to store boxes donated between now and 9th December we’d love to hear from you
    • This year we are going to need some help with collecting the boxes – if you can make yourself available on Tuesday 11 December to come out with us in one of the vans, and are good at lifting and carrying boxes, we’d love to hear from you. We’ll be starting from Pool at about 8am.
    • This year we are also launching a Just Giving page, so that people who can’t put a box together for whatever reason can still support the scheme. We’ll put a link up, once we have sorted it out. Money donated will go towards 1) hire of vans, 2) fuel for vans, 3) other costs incurred while running the scheme, eg stamps, 4) admin costs of running the scheme. Any money left over once these costs have been covered will be donated to Cornwall Food Banks.
    • And finally – spread the word! Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and tell your friends and contacts about Cornwall Christmas box

If you don’t live in Cornwall and would like to run something like this near your home, we are planning to produce a ‘how to run a Christmas Box scheme’ pack in the New Year. Drop us your details, and we’ll put you on the list to be sent a copy.


Christmas is a time of joy and celebration but for those living on the breadline, Christmas can emphasise the difficulty of their circumstances. For the past 16 years, Truro Vineyard Church have been collecting Christmas dinner boxes to give away through Cornwall Council’s Social Services team to those in need. We hope that these Christmas boxes help people to share in God’s goodness and to celebrate the new hope brought about through Jesus’s birth. As more churches, organisations and groups of friends have joined us in recent years to gather more Christmas boxes, three years ago we have decided to open the opportunity to anyone in Cornwall to donate a box, knowing that it will help to make Christmas better for a family in need. We collected just over 200 boxes in 2014, 120 in 2015, and 257 in 2016. In 2017 we had a target of 300, or 500 if you asked Heather.
We thought she was being ambitious – but you all donated 540 boxes in total, so she was right! For 2018, who knows! We’re not even going to set a target!!

Find out more: 3 Rivers Vineyard Church


We love to hear from you and to see all the amazing boxes you’re collecting. Please share your photos with us #CornwallChristmasBox

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