Cornwall

Cathedral's Spirit of Cornwall campaign starts

Image caption The campaign promotes the work of local charities and organisations

Truro Cathedral has launched its annual Spirit of Cornwall Christmas Campaign.

It helps to promote the work of local charities and organisations with the most vulnerable members of the community.

The campaign "draws together all those organisations that need some kind of help for their Christmas events or activities and promotes those 'needs' to the wider public".

Philip Lambert, Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, said: "The downturn in the economic climate, means that we are expecting many more people will be needing help this Christmas, and that is exactly what this campaign is aiming to do."

People can help by either contacting groups direct or they can drop off any food or clothing contribution into the Cathedral.

The organisations the campaign is aiming to help are: Truro Young Women's Centre, St Petroc's Society, Furniss Coal Charity, Mission to Seafarers at Falmouth Docks, Truro Homeless Action Group and Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust.

Colin Reid, Communications Officer at the Cathedral said: "Each year we ask people to donate items like dried and tinned food, mince pies, Christmas Cake (non-alcoholic), crackers, chocolates, small gifts (adults and children), etc.

The organisers of the campaign are also appealing for warm clothes for the homeless including socks, underwear, jumpers, scarves, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags. Also toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, deodorants, soap, disposable razors)

Mr Reid said: "Without the generous support of the people of Cornwall there will be some very unhappy times ahead for some individuals and families this Christmas."

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