"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."
- Edmund Burke
What we do:
We are a West-Cornwall refugee aid-drop and fundraiser for refugee and IDP school projects. We also support local charities with in-kind donations.
We raise funds and collect in-kind aid to help the least fortunate. We support refugee projects in general, but our specific focus is on schools that cater to refugees and to children displaced or endangered by war and poverty.
We have chosen this fairly narrow mission because it provides clarity in how we spend our time and energy. There are many deserving causes and humanitarian crises, and people often are very generous in response. But as a small group we lack the breadth of resource to be everywhere. With a narrower focus we can stay in close touch with potential recipients of aid, keep up to date with their needs, and send what they can use immediately.
Education is our primary fundraising goal as it is less well served than a lot of other relief efforts. People are very generous when it comes to providing food, clothing, and medical supplies; and often these come from their own homes or supermarket trolleys. But not many families have spare whiteboards, exercise books, data-projectors, or school desks to donate. We support and partner with several education projects.
Although our focus is on schools, we are an aid-drop for our partner charities who work with refugees in Northern France and Greece. We also support other Cornish organisations with in-kind donations on request.
How we operate:
We raise money by reselling donated goods – either online or through periodic shops. We are always grateful for direct financial donations.
The money we raise is used to ship in-kind aid, to buy supplies, and to fund the school projects.
We are registered charity number 1177937.
Who we are:
We are three retired people living in West Cornwall. Between us we have many years of experience in finance, school management and teaching, retail, and social support. Aside from running the shop we have volunteered in Calais and Lesvos, and work with locally resettled people.
James Batty grew up in post-colonial Africa and has been a headmaster, an accountant, and an international management consultant. He is a keen fisher, gardener, and music-lover.
Shelley Meister is originally from the USA. Most of her American career was spent in management roles in the fashion industry. She has lived in the UK since 1999 and has had financial responsibilities volunteering on the committees of several charities.
Libby Pentreath has worked all her working life close to children and their families from training as an NNEB and working in schools for 11 years before working in early years, and then managing family and children’s centres. She then moved to Cornwall and worked for the NSPCC and Sure start eventually working with children with autism, something she continues to do on an ad hoc basis. She presents a radio show on local radio station Coast fm and is also a singer songwriter. You can listen to her song "Oceans" below.