Cornwall LivingAutumn 2019

Shine and dine

This winter, host your own fundraising dinner, supporting families after disaster.

As winter looms around the corner, bringing shorter days and darker nights, we stay cosy, enjoy good food and good company. But when disaster strikes, families flee their homes in search of a safer place – which is often an overcrowded space with no power. Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family, is vital for starting the long process of recovery.

“share a meal with your friends and family, with a simple fundraising goal of helping ShelterBox… “

Cornish disaster relief charity, ShelterBox invites you to host a ‘Shine for Shelterbox’ dinner this winter: share a meal with your friends and family, with a simple fundraising goal of helping ShelterBox provide solar lights, emergency shelter and other essential items to support families after disaster.

Charlotte Mansell, who recently held her own ‘Shine’ dinner, explains: “I raised £162 and had the loveliest evening with some of my oldest friends. It felt nice doing such a good thing, but also having so much fun in the process!”

For people who have survived disasters, family meals help to provide the framework for everyday life and restore a sense of normality. Your ‘Shine’ dinner could help families re-establish their normal routine, and even provide solar lights to help transform a shelter into a home. Maria in the Philippines uses her family’s lights to restore their routine: “My children are able to use the solar lights a lot. It helps them wake up and get ready for school in the morning, and for my youngest, she is now more comfortable with a light on at night when she sleeps.”

ShelterBox’s unique visitor centre in Truro is a must-see, immersing you in the world of disaster relief. You can pick up a Shine pack, find out about the latest disaster responses and explore the aid items your Shine dinner could provide. This October half term, you’ll also be able to catch ‘Hurricanes in Virtual Reality’ – a VR experience allowing you to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most powerful storms. Hear from hurricane survivors and witness the devastation they cause, before discovering how ShelterBox responds to the world’s worst natural disasters.


Shine for ShelterBox

Text ‘SHINEFORSHELTERBOX’ to 70085 to donate £10. This costs £10 plus a standard rate message.

To learn more about hosting your own ‘Shine for ShelterBox’ dinner,



01872 302600

"share a meal with your friends and family, with a simple fundraising goal of helping ShelterBox... "