Date: 
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 17:00

Localgiving.com, the UK’s leading fundraising platform for local charities and community groups, has helped local charities in Cornwall raise over £40,000 in just three months through the ‘Charity begins in Cornwall’ match fund campaign.

The match fund, which doubled online donations made to Cornish groups on the Localgiving.com platform, was run in collaboration with The Eden Project and the Cornwall Community Foundation.

The initiative saw 15 small charities from across the region benefit from an average of almost £3,000 each in just a matter of months. St Petroc’s Society, based in Truro, which helps provide housing support services to the homeless, raised the most; making just under £5,500 in total.

Cornwall’s community cricket scene knocked the ball for six with five groups joining the campaign in collaboration with the Cornwall Cricket Board. In total, the groups managed to raise a massive £16,950. St Austell Club and Gerrans Club raised the most making £4,500 each.

Some of the organisations that raised the most in the ‘Charity begins in Cornwall’ campaign were:

•    Saint Petroc's Society based in Truro raised £5,488
•    Gerrans Cricket Club on the Roseland Peninsula raised £4,500
•    St Austell Cricket Club also made £4,500
•    £4,406 was raised by Boscastle & Crackington Gig Club   
•    Werrington Cricket Club raised £4,275
•    Grampound Road Cricket Club near St Austell raised £3,675
•    Community Greenspace in St Dennis raised £1,388

Sean Hooper, CEO of the Cornwall Cricket Board, said:  "We are delighted with the result of this campaign. The near £17,000 raised will have a major impact on grassroots cricket in Cornwall.  We cannot praise Localgiving.com highly enough for their efficiency and proactivity.”

Marcelle Speller, Chairman and founder of Localgiving.com, said, “This is a fantastic result for local charities and community groups across Cornwall. We’ve worked tirelessly to help hard-to-reach charitable groups across the region make the most of the opportunity this match fund had to offer. We’re extremely proud to see that joining Localgiving.com has enabled them to raise over £40,000 in just a few months.

“The match funding opportunity made possible by Localgiving.com in collaboration with The Eden Project has given smaller charities in Cornwall the boost they needed to get their fundraising into gear, which in turn has helped to support important services in the area. The legacy of the project is to ensure the future sustainability of these groups.”

Dan James,  Eden Project Development Director:  “As an educational charity, Eden recognises the challenges good causes face in generating donations. Collaborating with Localgiving.com and Cornwall Community Foundation on this great campaign has enabled us to help neighbouring charities promote their good work.  We were very pleased to make our site, knowledge and skills available to help ensure the campaign was a success.”

The campaign built on the success of previous match fund initiatives, including Localgiving.com’s annual ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign, which raised over £1.5m across England in 2013; and a North Yorkshire focused project, which ended in April raising over £90,000 for local charities.

If you’re a small charity or community group and would like to find out more about how Localgiving.com can help you fundraise online visit Localgiving.com. If you’re a business or individual and would like to support your own match funding campaign please visit our website for more information and get in touch.