From the Heart of Cornwall...

The choristers in Oll an Gwella – like everyone else caught up by the coronavirus at present – are frustrated that they cannot get out to bring a little entertainment to the faces of the many community and voluntary groups that they visit in and around Cornwall.  They invite donations for their charities from their audiences and have distributed huge sums of money to Cornwall Blood Bikes and other local Cornish Charities.

The popular group have just finished recording their eagerly awaited 3rd Charity album which they have entitled “From the Heart of Cornwall”.  The main tracks for the album were recorded by Mike Davey of Icon Audio at Colan Church on a very cold Saturday in January and the master recording is about to go into production.

When the album is eventually produced it will be sold at £8 per copy, with every penny of the money raised going to two needy local charities.  The group had nominated Cornwall Hospice Care as a second charity that they wished to support so, with Cornwall Blood Bikes, these two organisations who do so much to serve the local population, will be set to make several thousands of pounds from the sales.

All the plans for Oll an Gwella to sing at the 40th Anniversary celebrations for Cornwall Hospice Care and at the 5th Anniversary Celebrations for Cornwall Blood Bikes have had to be put on hold and the pandemic is threatening to hit the charity fundraising capabilities of both charities.


“Fortunately, the generosity of a number of local organisations and groups has meant that we have had full sponsorship to cover our production costs, so the money we had put aside to underwrite those expenses can now be sent direct to the two charities involved.  We are delighted to announce that each charity will receive £1000 immediately and will stand to gain considerably more when we are able to receive and sell the new CDs” said a spokesman for Oll an Gwella.

“The sponsors included The Lions Clubs of Newquay, The Rotary Club of St Columb, Premier Pasties of St Columb, Electrical Services, Newquay and Wind Power Generation St Dennis.  As a group we would like to publicly thank them for this endorsement and thank too all the volunteers and staff associated with the continuing service provided by those who maintain the support for our health teams in the rather different world in which we now live.”

Oli Hoare, Head of Fundraising for Cornwall Hospice Care, said; “This is an incredible gesture from Oll an Gwella and their local community and means a lot to us at this difficult time.  Despite having no charity shops open and events postponed until at least July, it’s gestures like this that help us keep our hospices open 24/7 and admitting patients when they need us.  We very much look forward to happier times when we will all be around Cornwall raising money and having fun doing it.”

Obviously Oll an Gwella were not able to join together to present the cheques, but with little more fuss the cheques will make their way to the charities, to be used to support these important services in Cornwall’s health-related community.

Photographs above (taken by Linzee Spowart) show cheques about to be sent and Oll an Gwella at Newquay Harbour ‘posing’ for a photo for the cover of the new Charity CD “From the Heart of Cornwall”.

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