Making Christmas
better for Cornwall

Welcome to Cornwall Christmas Box 2018

We are delighted to announce that the total number of Cornwall Christmas boxes donated is a jaw-dropping 982*!

* amended upwards, as we keep hearing about other boxes that are coming in late

We can’t thank you enough, if you were involved at all in this, whether you gave a box or more, organised others to give, allowed your place of business or school to be a Collection Point, let us have free or half price vans, did printing for us, helped us with publicity, or came out on the vans with us.  You will be making a huge difference to the poorest families in Cornwall this Christmas.

We collected all the boxes on Tuesday 11 December, and delivered them to Cornwall Council offices, plus the Noah Project in Newquay, Food for Families in Penzance, and the Hain Project and Salvation Army in St Ives, where they were very gratefully received. All these groups work with vulnerable and impoverished families, the poorest in Cornwall, and you really make a difference to their lives, as they are given out between now and Christmas.

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.

We were the Charity Partners for the Bedruthan Christmas Fair, on 24 and 25 November, where we spoke to dozens of people, and hopefully encouraged them to make boxes.  Nice to meet you, if we saw you there! 

We were given a free copy of some awesome route-planning software by the lovely people at Maxoptra.  This helped us plot a course round 37 Collection Points and 11 Drop-off points, with 5 vans, which we were starting to worry about!


Christmas Dinner in a box for the poorest families in Cornwall.

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 a PDF of the list)
  • Get shopping! Make sure that everything you buy for the box will still be in date at Christmas.
  • Cover a close-able 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. You can use,  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

A huge thank you to all our Collection Points for 2018.  You and your communities were awesome!

North Cornwall

Duchy Designs Creative Kitchens

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

Charlie’s Cafe and Deli

14th Century Cottage, Fore Street, Tintagel PL34 0DA – Open Saturday


Churchtown Café

Churchtown Café, Fore Street, St. Teath, PL30 3JA – Open Saturday

Concern Wadebridge

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

Kilkhampton Spar shop

The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ – Open Saturday and Sunday


Ruby Tuesday’s cafe

Ruby Tuesday’s Cafe, 18 New Road, Port Isaac PL29 3SB (Open Wednesday -Sunday, 10-3)

Mid Cornwall

Barefoot Media

Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL

Carclaze School

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


Premier Shop and Post Office

12 Fore St, St Blazey, Par, PL24 2NJ
Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-9pm, sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm.


Trevornick Holiday Park

Holywell Bay, Newquay, TR8 5PW


Gilmore’s Restaurant

11 Tower Road, Newquay TR7 1LS – Open Saturday and Sunday

West Cornwall

Control Print

Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS

St Uny Primary School

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

Whole Again Commmunities

Treneere estate, Penzance


Abode Property Agents

48 Fore Street, Hayle, TR27 4DY (opposite the post office in the Copperhouse end of Hayle).

Open Saturday till 1pm

Falmouth, Penryn & The Lizard

Falmouth Natural Health

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

The Red Lion, Mawnan Smith

The Square, Carwinion Rd, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5EP Open Saturday and Sunday


Red Lion, Helston

4 Church Street, Helston, TR13 8TG
(open 11-midnight Tue-Sat, 12-midnight Sun & Mon)

Truro area

Truro Vineyard Church

c/o Trelander Children’s Centre, Truro, TR1 1PH, during our collection service on Sunday 9 December only – 10am-12 noon.


CSA Architects

CSA Architects, Truro Technology Park, Heron Way, Truro, TR1 2XN

Clive Pearce Property

31 Lemon St., Truro TR1 2LS Open Saturday till 1pm

Epiphany House

Truro. TR1 3DR

Spar Shop

Tresawles Road, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3LF

Open Saturday and Sunday

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

Open Saturday

South East Cornwall


26 Fore Street, Liskeard PL14 3JB (pedestrianised in front of building between 10 & 4, so time your visit carefully!)


Darren’s Cars

Unit 1 Rylands garage St Ann’s Chapel, Gunnislake PL18 9HW
(open 9-5, but call as there might be someone in at weekends too)


    • 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.
    • We did our best to launch a Just Giving page for an additional means of supporting the scheme this year, but were defeated by time, technology and red tape – sorry about that!  If you want to donate financially, then please do get in touch and we will tell you the bank details to make a transfer, or where to post a cheque.  Any money donated will go towards  creating bespoke boxes (eg gluten free, diabetic, etc).  After that, it 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, four 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


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