Donna Birrell of BBC Radio Cornwall has launched ‘Cornish Christmas Giving’ – an alternative Christmas gift catalogue to benefit Cornish residents.

Compiled by the Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum (CIPF), the catalogue runs in a similar fashion to other national ‘alternative gift’ catalogues. The donor can choose a charitable organisation to support as an alternative – or in addition – to the traditional Christmas present for a family member or friend.

There are 12 charities/charitable organisations are taking part:

  • Activate8,
  • St Austell Community Kitchen (STAK),
  • Restormal Mind,
  • CIPF Backpack Beds,
  • Camelford Community Laundry,
  • Truro Foodbank,
  • Truro Homeless Action Group (THAG),
  • Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust,
  • Drop in and Share Centre (DISC) Camborne; and
  • three from Churches Together in Penzance Area (CTIPA) (a) Street Pastors, (b) Homeless Breakfast Project and (c) Penzance Foodbank.


People wishing to give an alternative Cornish gift can find a copy of the Cornish Christmas Giving catalogue and relevant payment options online.

Hard copies are available via or Alison Mandeville on 07582736531.


There is a certificate of donation available for each charitable organisation and these carry a description of the work of the organisation and a range of gifts and prices which will benefit their clients. These certificates will be sent to the donors for them to pass on as gifts

The CIPF is extremely grateful to have received funding from the Rosemullion Trust and support from presenters on Radio Cornwall.


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