Last Christmas was a busy time for the 1st Truro Beavers who set about raising money for Cornish charity, Cornwall Hospice Care. After months of preparation, a festive fayre and a stall in Sainsbury’s the youngsters raised £863.58, nearly two thirds more than they’ve ever collected before.


The Beavers choose a different cause ever year and selected Cornwall Hospice Care because one of their Mums is a community fundraiser for the charity. Collectively with their team leaders, they made a range of festive goods from cards to gifts, wreaths and stockings. Some they sold at a Christmas Fayre at the Methodist Church in Truro and the rest on a stall they set up at Sainsbury’s in the city.

Belinda Gough is Tarka (the Beaver Leader), “I was gobsmacked by how much we raised. We collected £309 last year so we knew we had to beat that, but this was amazing. We were very busy, I reckon I knitted 300 stockings to fulfil the orders we had and to be honest when I counted the proceeds I had to double check because I thought I had counted it up wrong!”



Clare Bray is the mum who inspired her son, Willem to suggest Cornwall Hospice Care as their charity, “It’s a superb total but I’m not surprised because I saw just how hard the Beavers and their leaders worked to make all the items they sold in the run up to Christmas. I can’t thank them enough and it was lovely to have the presentation of the money take place at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell where the Beavers could see how their money helps others who are very poorly and their families.”

The attached pictures include;

The stall set up by the Beavers and featuring Willem Bray (left) and Barney Mason.

The official presentation of the money to Senior Staff Nurse Claire Collings – back row (from left to right) Clare Bray, Jacqui Hardman, Belinda Gough and Karen Chapple. Front row (left to right) Barney Mason, Josh Hardman, Claire Collings, Willem Bray. There are two versions of this picture, one with cheque and one without.

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