CAR BOOT SALE of Books and DVDs - We raised £106.60 on Sunday, 21st April, 2013 at Par. Many thanks to everyone who inundated us with books and dvds! Cold work but worth it.
We have been chosen as THE CHARITY OF THE MONTH by St. Austell Radio – more information later on any events they have lined up for us. Many thanks St. Austell Radio!
FUNDRAISING UPDATE – 24th April, 2013 – A very kind donor who wishes to remain anonymous has given the Clinic a cheque for £500. This will help towards the cost replacing the window broken by the thieves in March and also goes towards subsidising treatments for children. People have been so generous – the Fish and Chip Shop in Lostwithiel has given us £50, and we have received another £100 from another donor, and some smaller donations of £10s and £20s. People were horrified at the break-in and have been overwhelmingly generous in coming forward to help us. All of us at the Clinic is so appreciative of their help – a big thank you to everyone.
DISGUST AS THIEFS TARGET CHARITY - (Front Page Story- Cornish Guardian 13th March 2013)
Patients and staff at the children’s clinic were horrified after a callous break-in and theft at their Lostwithiel premises.
Some time between 7 pm on the night of Thursday, 7th March, and 8.30 a.m. the following morning a double-glazed window and frame were destroyed and petty cash stolen from the Clinic in the Market Square.
Kate Hands, Cranial Osteopath and Principal of the Clinic said “Glass was everywhere in the reception area. “It was such a pointless break in as we never leave large sums of money on the premises and our practitioners don’t use drugs but the mess was indescribable. It really has pulled us all together – our patients were horrified and felt their clinic had been violated – and we all worked together to get the Clinic tidied up so it was business as usual. “
“Because we are a charity and have to pay for the replacement window and glass, our local carpenter, Graham Rule, has kept the cost to a minimum. The building is also the home of the Lostwithiel Complementary Health Clinic, which treats all age groups and funds the clinic – which means the charity’s overheads are covered and all excess income goes directly to treating children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Having to pay to replace the window from our charitable funds is a blow – but we are grateful for everyone’s support.”
Jess Birmingham, one of the clinic’s practitioners and Cornwall’s only paediatric acupuncturist, said staff managed to meet all their existing appointments by bringing the old reception area back into action and switching round treatment rooms, but felt the break-in was a real shame. “The thief won’t have got much money, she said, just a bit of petty cash and the donations this month for second books, but it would have been used to subsidise treatments for children from low-income families.“
“That’s how the clinic originally came into being: to offer non-conventional treatments by experienced practitioners with specific paediatric training to all children, regardless of their family’s income. We also treat adults as well, for a really wide range of conditions and it’s a lovely clinic, supported by local volunteers and really valued by those who use it.”
It is believed between £15 and £20 was taken.
There have been some great fundraising events over the spring and winter – here are just some of them:Sarah Jane King
, artist and jeweller in Tremar Coombe, Liskeard, opened her studio for a week in June, and as a great supporter of Kate Hands and the Clinic, donated £70 to us. Many many thanks from us all.Our heartfelt thanks to Jazmine Wileman
raised over £170 for the Children’s Clinic by creating and producing an evening of dance at Truro School.The Degembris Farm Big Breakfast
- Kathy Woodley and Hannah Elford together made over 100 breakfasts on the 12th March which made £400 for the Children’s Clinic – a very big thank you from everyone at the Clinic.The fashion show in Lanlivery
organised by Rosemary Truscott made £200 – well done Rosemary.And thank you to Emily Kidd of Emily’s Cakes
who donated £100 at Christmas – over and above the 15% from the sales of her cakesOur thanks too to Beth Charles
who made £50 with a table top sale in the Lostwithiel Scout HutLooe Lions
- once again, the Lions have come up trumps and have given us £250 to go towards extending the central heating into the rooms in the old part of the building. After this cold winter, a much needed improvement which has now been completed. So a big thank you to Looe Lions.All of us involved with the Clinic are very very grateful for your help and support. Our thanks to you all.
PRESS RELEASE 8th September 2008
“Great news again for the Children’s Clinic for Cornwall – the Hilton in the Community Foundation have just awarded us £10,000 to go towards match funding the £20,000 awarded to us by the Duchy Health Charity in April this year. As a result, building work is now well under way converting the garage of the Market Building in the car park in Lostwithiel. providing the Clinic with a much needed large new reception with a treatment room above.Last winter, every time it rained, water flooded into the garage and the wind blew in through every nook and cranny! This winter will find us snug and warm but we still need to raise another £15/20,000 to finish the job, so fundraising will continue in earnest. We have another ceilidh planned for the autumn and our charity shop will resume as soon as building works allow.The Hilton in the Community Foundation and the Duchy Health Charity are not the only ones who are supporting us – Lanhydrock Golf Club have chosen us as their Charity of the Year, as has Cornwall Army Cadet Corps. Local Lions Clubs have been very supportive, and we have had many generous donations from individual donors, including HRH Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall.The Clinic will now have four treatment rooms to meet the growing demand.Our other exciting news is that Jess Birmingham, the West Country’s first and only paediatric acupuncturist, has moved down to Cornwall so that she can work at the Clinic. She assures us that she only uses the finest sterile needles and that it’s practically painless. Acupuncture has been found to be particularly successful in treating squints, sinus and adenoidal problems, dental development and many other childhood conditions.The need for the Charity is growing – one third of families in Cornwall don’t have an adult in full time employment – and more and more babies and children are being sent to us by local paediatricians, midwives, teachers and simply by word of mouth. We’re doing our best to get there. The Clinic is staffed by volunteers – if anyone wants to help or get involved or give us a donation to help reach our target, give us a ring on 01208 872867 or call in to see us. The Children’s Clinic for Cornwall is now open four days a week on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and every other Wednesday.”
PRESS RELEASE May 2008
“The Children’s Clinic for Cornwall, based in the Market Building in the Market square in Lostwithiel, goes from strength to strength. We’ve just been told by the Duchy Health Charity that they are granting us £20,000 to go towards our building project (to convert our garage to make two more practice rooms and a larger reception room, together with heating, lighting, and full disabled access and facilities). We are thrilled to have received the Duchy Health Charity’s support – although we have to match these funds before they will give it to us, so our fundraising efforts are going ahead at full steam. We had a very successful ceilidh and raffle in January which raised over £1000 and our disco at Lostwithiel Golf Club last month was a great success. .The Duchy Health Charity are not the only ones who are giving us their help – Lanhydrock Golf Club have chosen us as their Charity of the year and are planning to hold a fashion show later in the year with the proceeds going to the Clinic, and HRH Prince Charles the Duke of Cornwall has also kindly sent us a large donation, so we’re going to get there! Fowey, Looe and Bodmin Lions Clubs have helped us towards our disabled toilet and local Rotarians and local businesses are giving us their support and help.The Clinic has been set up to help children of low income families receive subsidised complementary health therapies, such as cranial osteopathy, homeopathy and acupuncture. We have an eight week waiting list for new referrals for cranial osteopathy (although we will always fit in an emergency if we can) – and we can’t get another cranial osteopath on board until the building work is completed. A catch 22 situation. The need is there and more and more children are being sent to us by local paediatricians, midwives, teachers and simply by word of mouth. We’re doing our best to get there. The Clinic is staffed by volunteers and every Friday, Amanda opens our emporium in the garage where all sorts of things like toys, games, bric a brac and books are available in return for donations.If anyone wants to help or get involved or give us a donation to help reach our target, give us a ring on 01208 872867 or call in to see us – we’re now open three days a week on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays”