£9,123raised of £10,000 target by 158 supporters

Weʼre raising £10,000 to Transport, admin & logistics to enable Grenfell Tower survivors and firefighters to take up free holidays pledged to Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

Truro, United Kingdom

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This is an adventurous, fast-paced project. Partners tell us how enriching it is for their teams. Would you like to enable the next phase of the vision?

Cornwall Hugs Grenfell began on June 19th with with a facebook post: 'Imagine if we could put a Cornish holiday on the horizon of every Grenfell resident and firefighter family: a time to rest, a time to let our beautiful county bless these people and work its gentle magic.'

So far we have over 60 Grenfell families and 30+ firefighter families registered for holidays. This represents over 300 people. This year 130+ people have come or are still to come on holiday through the project. We're liaising with 200+ accommodation providers, 75+ business sponsors and the media. It is more than a full-time job to convert hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of pledges into well-crafted holidays for survivors and firefighters. 

As the demand is growing fast, I've raised our target to £10,000.

We're now working hard to place as many of the 30+ families who wish to come at October half-term in individually pledged accommodation. We're also planning another group holiday in November, following the success of the 62 strong Falmouth group trip.

It takes anything from 2-10 hours to convert each family's enquiry into a holiday in addition to the time needed to liaise with property owners.

This page is raising money for transport for guests and to help us with admin and logistics: the nuts and bolts of turning generous pledges into actual holidays for Grenfell survivors and firefighters.

Why can't volunteers do this ? The complexities of clients' current life situations and pledges make the booking process onerous. I am leading a very small group of lovely volunteers with ever varying patches of time, skills and availability. Everyone has 'day jobs' and family commitments including their own family holidays. Skilled volunteers can take on specific tasks but this booking system requires daily consistency and relationship-building rather than 'baton-passing'. We need to employ a dedicated administrator to turn pledges into holidays and so free me up to focus on strategy and scaling up. Currently I am funding this administration from my own means.

Thank you for joining this vision. We are not yet a charity (being so ‘young’) but are planning to become one in the Autumn. For now we have on our little committee, Andrew Holt, former CFO of international charity, Interhealth, who holds a diploma in charity finance and is a retired solicitor.

Esmé Page, Founder

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www.cornwallhugsgrenfell.org where you can see media coverage, quotes from guests and where you can sign up to our newsletter.

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  • esme page1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    Thank you! You have enabled us to bring 175 guests for respite. Beyond smiles and memories, Head teachers of the 29 bereaved children in last week's group tell me pupils are 'more settled', 'with more confidence and self-esteem'. Parents reported 'improved behaviour and sleep!' If you've not voted for Aviva bid, please consider it. The £25K would help us bring the 400 folk registered. We still need votes to have a chance. Link below - they don't bother you later. Thank you! Esmé https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3461

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  • esme page3 months ago
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    3 months ago

    Thank you all so much for these donations. I've just spent a couple of days in Kensington including meeting with various support agencies and Eddie Daffern, who began Grenfell United. I feel even more resolved to ensure we can offer holidays to every Grenfell family who wishes to come. Thank you so much for joining the vision. Please forgive me if I don't reply individually. Please do keep up with our news on our website: www.cornwallhugsgrenfell.org under News. Thank you. Esmé .

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  • esme page4 months ago
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    4 months ago

    Thank you all so very much for contributing. Your gifts will make a huge difference to our guests. We have over 100 Grenfell firefighter and residents that have come or are coming this year and more booked for next year. Your gift quite simply helps us turn all the pledges and attractions into actual holidays, actual new memories. As one mum wrote, 'This is an incredibly generous and thoughtful idea. It gives my family and I (and other affected families) a chance to be in a different environment, even for a short time'. Thank you! Esmé Page

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  • Sharon Wheeler

    Sharon Wheeler

    Dec 14, 2017

    Well done Esme to you and your neighbours in Cornwall. You are all an inspiration - I'm grateful that, through your great efforts, the rest of us have a chance to contribute. Sharon


  • Anonymous


    Dec 14, 2017

    We are so pleased to support your magnificent efforts for these unfortunate people. It was horrific just watching it on the TV news from Cornwall. In reality, it is unimaginable.

  • niamh o'keeffe

    niamh o'keeffe

    Dec 14, 2017

    Thank you and Happy Xmas to you, your staff and all your volunteers.


  • Anonymous


    Dec 13, 2017

  • Helen Webster

    Helen Webster

    Dec 12, 2017

    Thank you for all your hard work. What you have set up is wonderful.


  • Sally Brown

    Sally Brown

    Dec 12, 2017

    Happy to support this wonderful initiative to enable other Londoners in much need of great care and support to benefit from time in Cornwall.

  • Anonymous


    Dec 11, 2017

    Best wishes for the development of this important work.


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Truro, United Kingdom

I'm a mother of two energetic boys and a business woman living in Cornwall. I'm supported by a tiny group of volunteers including Manda Brockman (CoaAST) and Liz Scambler and my church in PZ . Andrew Holt, former CFO of intl. charity Interhealth is advising us on £ matters.

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