Redruth Charity Trust responds to the community impact of Coronavirus with £1000 Foodbank donation

Pictured L-R: Chris Hailey (RCT Chair of Trustees), Ray Richards (CPR Foodbank), Rev Caspar Bush (CPR Transformation Trustee), Don Gardener (CPR Transformation Chair of Trustees), Nigel Pearce (RCT Trustee).


Redruth Charity Trust (RCT) has awarded £1000 to the district’s Foodbank provision, in response to soaring demand since the Coronavirus outbreak in March.  For their 2020 Community Awards scheme, the Trust looked to support community initiatives that respond to the effects of the pandemic in the Redruth district, and the Foodbank stood out as a service deserving of the maximum award value. 

CPR Foodbank, a charity run by volunteers for the most part, distributes food to those in need in the Camborne, Pool & Redruth areas.  While the service would normally provide 14,000 meals per month, during lockdown this figure increased to 26,000, with costs increasing from £1000 per week to £4000 per week due to fewer supermarket donations and the closure of gifting stations at schools and churches.

RCT Chair of Trustees, Chris Hailey, said:

“Our Trustees are acutely aware that the Coronavirus global pandemic has affected our local community economically, socially and clearly in our health and wellbeing.  When opening the award applications, we specified our intention to direct this year’s award scheme towards making a tangible difference to these current challenges and supporting recovery.

“When we learned that the Foodbank programme in our district was under pressure to respond to an influx of demand, it was unanimous that we commit the maximum award of £1000 to their vital operation.

“We were also delighted to support nine other important initiatives including the Kernow Music Foundation for artistic outreach, Redruth Highway Community Hub’s social inclusion activities and Trelawny Social Club that supports adults with a learning disability and/or autism.”

Rev Caspar Bush (CPR Transformation Trustee) with Don Gardener (CPR Transformation Chair of Trustees)

In addition to this significant award to the Foodbank provision, RCT has awarded £1350 to support nine community groups with initiatives that respond to the local impact of the pandemic.

The RCT Community Awards scheme started 27 years ago, in which time the Trust has donated over £110,000 to the town’s community groups and clubs.  Non-profit making groups who provide recreational, cultural, educational and/or social support for their members, operating in the TR15 and TR16 postcode areas of Redruth, are eligible to apply.

Redruth Charity Trust 2020 Community Award recipients:

  • CPR Foodbank
  • Kernow Music Foundation
  • Redruth Highway Community Hub
  • Trelawny Social Club
  • Numbers Nursery project
  • Carnkie Village Hall
  • Lonely Pawz
  • Mount Ambrose Football Club
  • Redruth United Football Club
  • The Lanner Village Hall Trust

Redruth Revival CIC kindly supported the 2020 Community Awards with sponsorship of £250.

Mount Ambrose FC with their new equipment funded by the RCT 2020 Community Awards
Redruth Highway Community Hub’s new signage, funded by the RCT 2020 Community Awards