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New film tells how Cornwall helps Grenfell survivors

New film tells how Cornwall helps Grenfell survivors

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:50pm 2nd January 2020. (Updated at 8:58am 3rd January 2020)

A new short film has been released which tells the story of how Cornwall has been helping survivors and people bereaved by the Grenfell Tower fire.

'Two Communities, One Heart: Cornwall & Kensington Together' sees people from communities which are 300 miles apart come together to help one another.

72 people died when the blaze broke out in London in June 2017. 

Since then, over 480 of those affected have been welcomed by the Cornish people for respite, thanks to the charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell.

The new six minute film sees survivors and the bereaved reflect on their experiences with Cornwall Hugs, including the empathic resonance they feel with the local community through its experience of the Penlee lifeboat disaster in 1981.

Cornish hosts comment on what they have learned in their time with the guests.

The film has been viewed over 11,000 times already.

Watch the film below...

"While many people across the country were deeply affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell turned that into action."

"It has blessed both communities - around Grenfell and in Cornwall - in remarkable and inspiring ways. It's an amazing story of compassion, determination and the bonds of friendship that can be formed out of tragedy and it is wonderful to see it told so powerfully in this short but moving film."

Rt Rvd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington

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The film touches on the 'empathic resonance' that Grenfell survivors have felt on visits to the Penlee Lifeboat, with the station's experience of tragedy at the heart of the small community, through the Penlee Lifeboat disaster. 

On 19th December, 1981, the Solomon Browne lifeboat was lost with all eight crew as she went to the rescue of the Union Star and local families found themselves grieving in the public eye. 

"We have formed a special relationship with the families and firefighters through Cornwall Hugs, and we very much look forward to seeing them again soon."

Patch Harvey, coxswain of Penlee lifeboat

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The youngest Cornish contributor in the film is 13-year-old Oliver Thorpe who represents hundreds of Cornish children who have been directly involved in welcoming the guests. 

He shares his experience as a chorister of Truro Cathedral Choir, recording the charity's song of solidarity, 'Grenfell From Today' by Philip Stopford, which reached number two on the iTunes classic songs in June 2018. 

"We hope it will inspire other communities to reach out to each other in times of distress.

"The film is a both a thank you to the thousands involved and is an affirmation of our continued solidarity with Grenfell United as they continue to fight for fire-safe housing for all.'

Esmé Page, founder, Cornwall Hugs Grenfell

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