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VIDEO: How Cornwall helped vulnerable children this Easter

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:20am 5th April 2018. (Updated at 9:51am 5th April 2018)

This is how you have helped children who have lost loved ones, been abused or found themselves acting as young carers smile this Easter.

Pirate FM has counted the donations to its Easter Egg appeal to help charities across Cornwall and it pulled in 2,500.

Among those to benefit was Penhaligon's Friends, that supports youngsters who have suffered a bereavement, and their families, across the Duchy.

Donations stations were up and running from Penzance to Bude and once again, the Duchy did not let us down.

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Penhaligon's Friends was one of our the charities supported by the Pirate FM Toy Appeal last Christmas.

Manager Julie Parker said: "We had an overwhelming reponse to the Toy Appeal and it's so lovely that Cornwall pulls together to help someone who is suffering in their own community; it's just so lovely to see that.

She added: "When they're facing something that's so challenging emotionally, anything that brings a smile to their face is just so lovely to be able to be a part of.

"The Easter eggs are just a little treat to remind them that there are people out there who care for them and are thinking of them".

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Pirate FM's Easter Egg Appeal 2018 was also supporting Ellie's Haven, Families for Children and CHICKS.

Last year, Andrew Dean from CHICKS said it made a huge difference: "They spend a week being children and creating many happy memories from rock climbing to kite flying to walks to horse riding; you name it, they do it.

"They come from many disadvantaged backgrounds. Some of them are young carers. Some of them come from disadvantaged homes and poverty. Just to be able to get that time to actually be a child again and to create many memories and many friends.

"I think something about the breaks is we often find that on a break, it's the simplest things that have the most impact; so from toasting marshmallows around the campfire to a bedtime story. So something as simple as an Easter egg can create a very special memory".

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Pirate FM Breakfast Presenters, Neil Caddy and Lucy Start, helped deliver all the eggs to the charities ahead of the Easter weekend.

Neil said: “Pirate FM listeners have shown amazing kindness and generosity. The number of eggs was impressive.

"The notes of support were heartwarming. Some listeners had even knitted toy chicks in order to make a better Easter for the children supported by four incredible organisations".

Watch how your donations have made a difference...

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