Young people in Cornwall say thank you at festive fundraising event

24 December 2018

Young people throughout Cornwall have said thank you to a charity that has helped them throw a festive fundraising event this week. 

The Christmas open day was hosted at our Coach House Foyer where we raised an impressive £230 for the charity 'Buttle UK' who have been working with the foyers for two years to provide young people training and educational opportunities, who otherwise may have little family support. Buttle UK have been helping children and young people who are in need, across the UK since 1953. 

The young people put on a festive treat for visitors and guests, by running a Santa's grotto, making handmade recycled Christmas gifts and lots of festive food at the Coach House. Young people in Redruth Foyer also got involved, by selling hot chocolate and non-alcoholic mulled cider. Carn Brea Foyer did their bit for the cause and made key-rings and clocks out of old broken skateboards that were donated from local charity 'Mount Hawke Skate Park' to sell as part of the Buttle UK fundraiser. 

Events like this are arranged regularly by the Coach House with the main aim of developing young people's life skills, giving young people valuable experience so when they are ready to leave the foyer they feel equipped and ready to start their new independent lives. 

Chris Mullane, Grants Development Manager at Buttle UK said: “Buttle UK works with children and young people in crisis across the UK through our Chances for Children grants. One area that is of particular interest to us is estrangement and how it affects young people who are, like many their age, simply trying to achieve their own educational or training goals. 

"So far this year we have awarded over £42,000 in grants supporting 230 children and young people in Cornwall. But we can’t do this alone. Along with our dedicated supporters we rely on a unique network of referrers like LiveWest, without whom we simply could not do what we do. It’s great that they are supporting the work that we do, and we wish everyone all the best this Christmas.”

Jo Gilbert, LiveWest Support Officer at the Coach House said: “This open day was an opportunity for others to see exactly what we do and how the young people progress and grow in the Coach House. We invited everyone who works with our young people and all the agencies that support them."