Mother Ivey’s smashes year’s charity target in spring!
Generous-spirited visitors to Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, helped by its enterprising owner, have so far raised over £800.00 to support the work of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
The amount was budgeted by the trust as their hoped-for total from the park throughout the year – but by the start of March, that figure was in the pot – with the prospect of more to come.
Now the Padstow park’s director Patrick Langmaid has officially presented his business’s first donation to the organisation’s Serena Pettigrew-Jolly.
The much-needed funds were raised over the winter period by people booking stays this year at the multi-award winning beachside park just along the coast from Padstow at Trevose head.
Each visitor is asked to donate £1.00 to the trust on top of the holiday cost – and according to Patrick, the vast majority are delighted to do so.
But the money raised through the visitor gifting scheme is only half of the story, for Patrick has also promised to match each donation with another £1.00 from his business.
That money is earmarked for Wadebridge Foodbank, and the charity’s Jacqui White also attended the park recently to receive its initial £800.00 cheque from Mother Ivey’s Bay.
Not that the park is any stranger to charity giving as, over the years, it has supported a wide range of different fundraising initiatives.
These include its “One for All” charity scheme which sees the park give away a week’s stay in a holiday home to a needy family for every hundred holiday home bookings the business takes.
Last year, 14 families identified by supporting charities were offered free stays at the park.
Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, which scooped a Silver accolade in the 2014 Cornwall Tourism Awards, provides 230 caravan holiday homes, both privately owned and for hire.
The park, which re-opens later in March, also has 120 pitches for touring guests, and a field which opens in summer for campers.
Patrick, whose family has owned the business for over 25 years, runs the park with the help of his wife Margaret – and the couple are keen to keep driving forward their charity work:
“Our latest venture on behalf of Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Wadebridge Foodbank has proved fantastically successful, and underlines both the generosity of our customers and their affection for the county,” said Patrick.
“For our part, we are delighted to be able to support the invaluable work of the trust in safeguarding our natural environment, and also benefitting those who rely on the Wadebridge Foodbank.
“However, we are not alone in our concern to promote corporate social responsibility, and are proud to stand alongside many other parks and Cornish tourism businesses doing likewise.
“Visitor gifting is a great concept which I know Visit Cornwall is also championing throughout the region, and I hope together we will make this a record year for fundraising,” added Patrick.
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