Thanks to various company fundraising initiatives in 2017, Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth was able to donate £12,300 to over 60 good causes, charities, voluntary organisations, sports clubs and community projects. Recipients included Mylor Sailability, Insight Cornwall, The Cove, Ladies Aloud, Wear it Pink, the Samaritans, Falmouth and Penryn Food Bank, National Coastwatch Station, Falmouth St Pirans Day, St Petrocs, the British Heart Foundation, the Hedgehog Rescue, Penta Health and Wellbeing and local schools.
In 2017 the company’s Charity Committee chose the Invictus Trust to be the focus of their fundraising as ‘Charity of the Year’, with a total of £2,354 donated to this invaluable cause. The Invictus Trust raises awareness of adolescent mental health through events, campaigns, social media and giving talks in schools. Over the past six years they have been lobbying for an adolescent mental health unit in Cornwall, as there are presently no residential facilities for the under 18s. Sharon Cowburn, Trustee, explained how the donation will be spent “2018 will be a momentous year for the Invictus Trust, as work begins on a bespoke unit in Bodmin in April, which will enable teenagers currently housed at care units as far away as Manchester to be cared for in their home county. Meanwhile the Invictus Anchor Fund continues to offer essential grants to families who have to travel hundreds of miles to visit their very poorly children. This year some of the Trustees of Invictus, have also begun to offer Mental Health First Aid training to parents, teachers and employers. This donation is vital to funding our ongoing family support service.” More information about the charity can be found on their website www.invictustrust.co.uk.
Pendennis Shipyard’s 2018 elected Charity of the Year is the Cornwall Air Ambulance. The company will also continue to support a range of local causes, so if you are a marine related charity or a local organisation in need of donations, please send your funding requests for the attention of the Pendennis Charity Committee to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: The charity committee presents a cheque for £2,354 to Steve Cowburn of the Invictus Trust