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Closed 30/09/2021

Miles of Hope - Help us to relieve food-poverty and deprivation in the far west of Cornwall.

Hundreds of households here in the far west of Cornwall have been hit by the consequences of lock-down, they have lost their incomes, missed out on benefits and are suffering from food-poverty. They need OUR help right now.
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Event: Miles of Hope virtual relay around Britain, from 1 September 2020 to 30 September 2020
Closed on 30/09/2021
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You are amazing! Over £10,000 raised to support the most needy families and causes in the far west of Cornwall.

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Amidst the heart-breaking reality of food poverty here in the far south-west of Cornwall, there are, within our community, groups of volunteers providing practical and psychological support to those in crisis. Penzance Rotary has been supporting families and individuals enduring hardship and also providing funds for local welfare groups.

In the past 4 months, Penzance Rotary Club has distributed financial help to local families and individuals in the greatest difficulty. These distributions have been facilitated through the 23 local primary and secondary schools across West Penwith.

The following extract is from a letter received from one of the schools in the far west of Cornwall that have helped to allocate Rotary hardship grants...

Thank you so much for your donation, it had a massive impact. £500 of the £1000 went to a family who were already vulnerable and in hardship when one parent passed away, the remaining parent unknown to us was selling items from her house on Facebook just to pay for the funeral and both her and our Head teacher ended up in tears when she took her the cheque and heard how hard it has been for them financially. The Rotary Club have had a huge impact with their donation and the families who received help were so grateful.

Penzance Rotary's reserves have now run low and yet the need to relieve food-poverty remains. In these difficult times, we can't turn our backs on struggling local families.

The Rotary Club now needs YOUR HELP to continue providing relief to the hardest hit families and to give more support to active local welfare groups. The Miles of Hope route around the coast-path of mainland Britain is 5,009 miles, and Rotary would like to raise at least £5,009 (better still, two or three times this) to be able to continue distributing help over the months ahead, to those hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic .

Around 120 young families received direct help earlier in the pandemic, typically this was in the form of £50 worth of vouchers - enough to buy a family's food for one week. In addition, thousands of pounds were deposited on account at Penwithian Cash & Carry for the three local Foodbanks to draw upon. Grants have also been given to Pengarth Day Centre to to assist their work delivering meals to elderly and isolated people, and to residents of the YMCA to help cover their increased electricity consumption during lock-down, and to Bosence Farm, to the Fishermen's Mission and to a range of other community welfare groups.

To continue putting food on the tables of hard-hit households, Rotary needs YOUR help urgently . . .

DONATE - donate a little or donate as much as you can reasonably afford.

BECOME A FUNDRAISER - become a Fundraiser and make a greater difference to a wider number of people. Simply click on the orange coloured 'Start Fundraising' button and you are on your way.

CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISING PAGE. - create and personalise a fundraising page to tell your family and friends that YOU are playing a part in the reduction of hardship among local families and ask them to support you with a donation. Share your personal Miles of Hope page to your friends and post on social media.

SET YOURSELF A CHALLENGE - not essential, but supporters are more inclined to donate to your page if they can see that you have set yourself a challenge. Examples of personal challenges might be; to cycle 200 miles in a month; to run 5 miles a day for ten consecutive days; (good luck with the weather); to walk 50 miles in four weeks. Complete your challenge whenever and wherever you choose, Although focused on the month of September 2020, this campaign page will remain open for donations until November.

We can't turn our backs on struggling local families in these difficult times.

Every £1 raised through this appeal takes Penzance Rotary Club's Miles of Hope a mile further around a 5,009 mile coast road tour of mainland Britain.

By tea time on 17th of Sept. - One virtual tour around mainland Britain had been completed once and we were back at Penzance having raised £5,009 already..

Latest progress . . .

As of the 21st of October, we arrived back at Penzance after our SECOND virtual circuit of mainland Britain.

You have now raised a magnificent £10,369 to combat local deprivation.

Please keep the donations coming, there are many people that are going to need every bit of help that we can give in the months ahead.

Thank You.

Having started outside the Queen's Hotel on Penzance Promenade our route headed west through Newlyn and Mousehole and on around Land's End, continuing clockwise around Britain. Our progress will be mapped at the rate of one mile for every £1 raised.

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The Rotary Club of Penzance encourages and fosters the ideal of service in our members' personal, business and community lives and supports local, national and international enterprises with this aim.

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