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The families that survived the Grenfell Tower fire have enjoyed a week-long holiday in Cornwall.
The disaster that hit the residents of Grenfell Tower touched so many across the country and it’s certainly a delight to see the families that were hit by the fire enjoy a much deserved holiday in the Duchy.
Put up by the University of Exeter and Falmouth University’s Cornwall campus at Penryn, 15 families came to the county for a rest and chance to create some precious memories thanks to the Cornwall Hugs Grenfell campaign.
In total, 62 guests from the ages of seven to 64 were able to enjoy the best of what Cornwall has to offer, with great food, fresh air, and visits to some of the county’s best local attractions.
This unique holiday experience was even more special for the hard-hit families as all bar one had never been to Cornwall before. The group enjoying the holiday included Grenfell Tower survivors and those evacuated from neighbouring blocks.
All those who have visited one of Cornwall’s picture-perfect luxury cottages know what a wonderful place this is to spend some quality family time. It’s a true pleasure to see the county opens its doors to those affected by the recent tragedy.
As well as enjoying two days of water-sports that were provided by ElementalUK, the 15 families were treated to a farm visit at M D Dale & Son, and trips to coveted attractions like the Eden Project and St Michael’s Mount.
There were also therapeutic sessions built-in to the holiday programme, including massage and reflexology offered by Inspiring Health, along with a singing workshop by Pip Wright and sound therapy by The Living Voice.
A mother of two, Hanan Wahabi, lived on Grenfell’s 9th floor and spoke about how Cornwall has helped her connect with her emotions (via Pirate FM): “Cornwall gave me the time and space to deal with my 'true' emotions.
“There was no more suppressing – the calm and gentle atmosphere of Cornwall encouraged me to let out the pain and take in some of the healing.
“Cornwall Hugs Grenfell provided the right type of 'medicine'.”