We are delighted to announce that this year, Cornwall Christmas Box has collected over 540 boxes from the people of Cornwall. These boxes are now sitting in Council offices across Cornwall, and being delivered to people who need them, so they can have a feast this Christmas. That’s in the region of 3,000 people who have benefited, and at least £16,000 worth of food donated!
We are blown away by your generosity – this is twice as many boxes as we collected last year – and we thought that was impressive!
Huge thanks to the businesses who acted as collection points, the schools who worked with their children and parents, and the individuals who mobilised their communities. Special thanks to Dash, who let us have a van for free, and a second van half price, then magicked a third van out of thin air after we had an emergency, and let us have that for half price too! Also to Control Print, who refused to bill us for printing leaflets and posters, and also collected 50 boxes in their office.
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.
If you have ideas for next year, please get in touch. We’ve already heard from schools who want to make this ‘their thing’ every Christmas, and new ideas for distributing the boxes to those who need them. How can we make it even better?
Ooh, watch out for an interview on Heart FM on the breakfast news on Friday 15th…
CHRISTMAS DINNER IN A BOX!
DONATE FOOD FOR A FAMILY OF 4 – 6 TO CELEBRATE THIS CHRISTMAS
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 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. For 2017 we are doing things a little differently – boxes collected will be taken to their 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)
You can also help by telling us that you’re planning to donate a box – drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter – this will help us to plan ahead so that we can make sure that each box goes to someone who needs it.
To following collection points have confirmed already that they are on board for 2017, and we will be adding new ones to the list, and old friends as they confirm details.
**We will not be adding any new collection points now, as we’re working on planning the routes, and we wouldn’t have enough time to get posters and leaflets out to you, and to promote you properly to your local community. Keep in touch for next year!**
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
The John Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge, PL27 7BX
Kilkhampton Spar shop
The Square, Kilkhampton, Bude, EX23 9QQ
Little Trewollack, St Wenn, Bodmin. PL30 5PL
Luxulyan, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5EE
The Hall, Treverbyn
Treverbyn Community Hall, Treverbyn Road, Stenalees, Cornwall.
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
Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth. TR15 1SS
St Uny Primary School
Polmenor Drive, Carbis Bay, St Ives, TR26 2SQ
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 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 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
Truro. TR1 3DR
Polwhele House Preparatory School
Truro, Cornwall. TR4 9AE (for pupils and families only, not for the general public)
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
25 Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2QW
26 Fore Street, Liskeard PL14 3JB
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 15 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 last year. Can we reach 300 this year?
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