Many people hold a special place in their hearts for Cornwall, whether they are Cornish born and bred or visit on holiday. Each of our charities is active in the Cornish community and we’d like to encourage those who love Cornwall to leave a gift so the charities’ good work can continue even after they are gone.
Tim Shaw, the artist who created ‘The Drummer’ statue in Truro, said that ‘Cornwall beats to a different drum’. Whilst that’s something to be proud of, it does mean that we face some unique challenges too. Very low average incomes means pockets of real deprivation, especially following the decline of our traditional industries. And with a large rural population, isolation can be a real problem.
But we also have a tradition of self-sufficiency, with communities pulling together in difficult times to support and look after each other. That means that Cornish charities tend to rely on the local community for fundraising, which can become very difficult when family budgets are being squeezed and there’s not much spare money around.
So whether you have an affinity to Spectrum supporting children with autism, Age UK Cornwall with its vital work with the elderly or RNLI lifeboats, including them in your Will means they will continue to benefit from your support even after you’ve gone.
You might be surprised to learn the vast range of charities involved; such as, BF Adventure, Newlyn & Penlee Art Galleries, Truro Cathedral, Merlin MS Centre and Kneehigh to name just a few. Collectively they give so much pleasure to so many people; wouldn’t it be great to know that they can continue for years to come.