Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year

You may or may not be aware that each year, Sainsbury’s selects a Local Charity of the Year to support through volunteering and fundraising activities.

If you’d like to vote from among the three shortlisted charities this year, you can either do it online or in the Penzance store. If you want to vote next time you’re in Sainsbury’s, the voting boxes are on a stand as you enter the store to the left of the community noticeboards. The online voting is very simple – just pop in your postcode and away you go!


This year’s shortlisted charities are Cornwall Hospice Care, Cornwall Air Ambulance and Penzance Food Bank, all excellent causes. CFWI Advisor Liz Anderson is Chair of Cornwall Hospice Care and has asked that we put in a plug for her! Cornwall Air Ambulance has been our guest at one of our monthly meetings and we have all heard about the wonderful work they do. And, of course, we all bring donated items to support the Penzance Food Bank at our January meeting each year.

Voting will close at the end of this month and the chosen charity will be announced in July.

Raising money for Cancer Research UK with Hazel

This month’s Coffee Beans get-together was a fundraising coffee morning at Hazel’s house. Hazel, along with a few others of us, will be participating in the Race for Life later this month. Hazel used her coffee morning to help raise sponsorship funds, and did very well!02

As for the rest of us, we all enjoyed some absolutely delicious cake and great conversation.

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Operation Christmas Child

This Christmas, why not brighten the life of a needy child?


Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ project has been delivering shoeboxes full of presents to children all over the world since 1990. More than 113 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have benefited from this wonderful programme.

To participate, follow these simple steps:

  1. Wrap a shoebox and its lid separately.
  2. Decide if your gift is for a boy or a girl and select an age category (2-4, 5-9 or 10-14). Print the appropriate label by clicking here. Mark the correct age category and affix the label to the top of your shoebox.
  3. And now for the fun part: Fill your box with a variety of new gifts! Gifts may include toys (items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals (with CE label), harmonicas, yo-yos, skipping ropes, balls, small puzzles etc.); school supplies (pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks and paper, solar calculators, colouring and picture books etc.; Hygiene items (toothbrush and toothpaste, bar of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel; or other miscellaneous items (hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets with a sell-by date must be at least March of the following year). You can also enclose a note or greetings card to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. Do not include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; chocolate or other food items; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; marbles or sharp objects; glass containers, mirrors or fragile items; or clothing, other than as listed above.
  4. Please include a £3 donation per shoebox to cover the cost of UK transportation and overseas shipping. You can either make your donation online by clicking here (scroll down to where it says Operation Christmas Child), or else you can write a cheque made payable to Samaritan’s Purse and put it in an envelope inside your shoebox, then secure the box with an elastic band. If you make more than one shoebox, just write one cheque to cover all your shoebox donations and put it inside one of the boxes.


Completed shoeboxes may be taken to designated drop-off point between 1 November and 18 November. The list of drop-off points will be listed on the Samaritan’s Purse website after 1 October.

For more information, you can see a full explanatory leaflet here.

Moonlight Memory Walk in Falmouth

This years Memory Walk in aid of Children’s Hospice South West takes place in Falmouth on Saturday 27 September. The event brings together women of all ages who take to the moonlit streets to walk in memory of someone they have loved and lost.

By taking part you’ll help to raise vital funds to support the families who use the services of Children’s Hospice South West.

The event is a chance to reflect, remember and celebrate your loved ones, as we walk the 5 mile Falmouth route through the moonlit streets. The event is open to ladies only, aged 14+. The events begin with an uplifting memory ceremony, where your personalised candle bag will join hundreds of others aglow with memories. As the clock strikes 10pm, we’ll set off.

Each walker is asked to raise as much sponsorship money as possible. Your entry fee covers the cost of participation. To register, visit the website of Children’s Hospice South West.

Donkeys and knitting!

Earlier this week, Val Puddiphatt and Helen Kestle went on a CFWI outing to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. The Sanctuary is an international charity founded in 1969 which works to protect and care for donkeys and mules all over the world.

WoolleyAll the work of the Sanctuary is funded by donations and legacy gifts, so raising money is always vital! One of the ways in which money is raised is by the sale of knitted donkeys, knows as ‘woolleys’. People are encouraged to knit woolleys which are then sold in the Sanctuary’s giftshop!

If you’d like to knit one (and we know there are some keen knitters among you!), you can download the pattern by clicking here.

If you haven’t visited The Donkey Sanctuary before, a visit is highly recommended! We had a marvellous time. Here’s Val making friends with one of the donkeys:


Homeless in your community?

We were all moved by some of the stories we heard at August’s meeting, as related to us by our speaker from St. Petroc’s Society. And although many of us don’t immediately think of Cornwall when we think of homelessness, it is a very real problem even in our community.

If you happen to see anyone sleeping rough or someone you think is in need of assistance, please contact the Devon and Cornwall Rough Sleepers Partnership as soon as you can.

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