Local efforts for COVID-19 crisis

By Kira Orchard |

In recent months it has become easy to feel overwhelmed with confusing or false information. It’s during times like these that it is important that we look around us for support, and for reminders that our world isn’t in complete disarray.

Cornish communities have triumphed in working together to combat concerns felt by many during this trialling time. From raising money for the NHS, to fighting loneliness and prejudice, to bringing a smile to people’s faces, here are some examples of local love conquering all.

It’s no secret that Cornwall is home to a lot of creative talent. In Falmouth, Sam Lanyon and his non-profit team of artists and designers, called ‘Concept Shed,’ raised money to support NHS workers. The company produced 3D printed face ‘CoVisors’ that they donated to hospitals across Cornwall due to the lack of PPE available to our NHS heroes.

They closed their crowdfunding page on the 15th of May due to achieving 200% of their £7,500 initial goal. The £15,380 raised allowed these masks to be donated to not only hospitals, but to ambulance, and health and social care services. ‘Concept Shed’ said in their final crowdfunding update that their ‘aim is to become sustainable and continue “CoVisor” in the long term… while still keeping it manufactured in Cornwall.’

To find out more information, and keep updated with news on the CoVisor, you can visit their Facebook page.

Spreading smiles in the Camborne area, the anonymous ‘Cake Fairy’ has been leaving small packaged cakes on people’s doorsteps every Saturday morning. This small act of kindness has lifted spirits and the little notes left with the cakes bring smiles to faces in a time of hardship.

Although this Fairy’s identity is unknown, the detective work of one Camborne resident, and recipient of the Fairy’s gifts, has discovered that the fairy delivers to a small group of people. Regardless of the concentrated number of recipients, in an interview with the local, the ‘Cake Fairy’ was compared to ‘Father Christmas’ in the sense that ‘if you look for them, you won’t see them.’ The local resident also commented on how they have never ‘caught the fairy’ but that the small act of kindness ‘really cheers them up.’

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On the 5th of July 2020, it was the 72nd birthday of the NHS. It is no secret that this year has been challenging. Just as the NHS England website states, this birthday should be taken as an ‘opportunity to recognise, reflect and remember’ the hard work of NHS staff across the country. It is more important than ever to support your local health and essential workers in any way possible, especially in the recent climate.

One way that the charity ‘Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust’ has been using donations is by providing ‘discharge basics packs’ to elderly and vulnerable patients returning home after an extended hospital visit. There are many ways to donate to the RCHT and you can see each one by clicking here!

Whilst these are just a flavour of things that people are doing to keep morale high, they all show the selflessness of others, and the willingness of communities to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone has come together in these unprecedented times to raise money, or even just spread a smile. In the words of Captain Thomas Moore, the 100 year old veteran who raised over £32 million for the NHS, ‘for all those finding it difficult: the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away.’

Until that day, it is clear that there is so much love and support in the Cornish communities.