University of Exeter
Falmouth University College

Grenfell guests appeal

12 August 2017
Penryn Campus


We will be hosting families (about 60 people in total) from Grenfell Tower and the immediate area, for one week at the end of August at our Glasney Parc accommodation, at the Penryn Campus.

This is part of a local initiative, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell, which was set up to offer free holidays to survivors, firemen and support workers who were involved in the recent tower block fire tragedy.

As well as offering free accommodation, Falmouth University and the University of Exeter are supporting this with a very generous donation which will cover food for our guests. GWR is supplying return train tickets and many local businesses have chipped in with offers of free activities and so on.

Apart from hoping to make this holiday in Cornwall truly memorable we also want to make it as close as possible to zero cost for the families.

Most families lost everything and any extra cash they have is needed for when they return to London.  We are hoping we could provide some ‘pocket money’ so that the families can buy extras such as ice-creams, afternoon tea or maybe activities where we have been unable to get free entry. We have set up the following link where you can donate any amount you choose, large or small:

All visitors have been verified as genuine and London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton is also supporting Cornwall Hugs Grenfell. The initiative has already received gifts from Cornish businesses such as free entry to attractions including The Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and St Michael’s Mount (National Trust), RNLI support and vouchers from smaller, family businesses offering meals out, surf lessons and more. First Kernow and Fal River have generously joined forces to donate bus passes to each family.

We hope you can support this initiative and to show our guests what a proper Cornish welcome is.

Cornwall Hugs Grenfell also organises individual holidays for Grenfell survivors and firefighters and is committed to do this until 2019. To find out more about their work, please go to where businesses and accommodation providers can also pledge support.