For 40 years the team at Trevaskis Farm in Connor Downs have run a Sin Bin collection tin as part of their ‘pick your own’ operation. The idea is that people make a donation to charity in lieu of the fruit they eat when picking. It seems like folk have been very honest too and this year ‘the sinners’ have helped contribute £3,000 to Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care.

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Julie Treneer, the charity’s fundraiser in West Cornwall, says; “The Sin Bin was started by the father of current owner Giles Eustice 40 years ago when our Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell first opened. Sadly, he later died in our St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle, but the Sin Bin continued and the family have now helped raise more than £40,000 to help fund the care we provide. We can’t say a big enough thank you at the end of what has been our 40th anniversary year.”

Good-hearted sinners

Giles Eustice (pictured above) adds; “In our 40th year we had so many plans to celebrate ’40 years of farm gate sales’ with much of it focused on specific charitable events on the farm. My late father founded the farm retail in 1980 and the ‘Sin Bin’ has been a feature that is engraved in my childhood memories.  I am confident yearly donations have rarely dropped below a staggering £1,000.00, such is the burden to repent for eating such fabulously tasting strawberries!

It seems hard to believe that such a simple idea this many years on could have achieved such an enormous amount of money for the valuable work with local charities. It felt right this year to top it up considerably as I am aware it has been a challenging year for all but not least our community support structures, such as Cornwall Hospice Care. I have appreciated the amazing care offered on sadly more than one occasion.

We look forward in hope to many more years of good-hearted sinners supporting our community!”

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