A Redruth youth charity has been handed over £50,000 from BBC Children in Need in its first 2014 grant rounds.

In total £127,982 has been given to projects working with disadvantaged children and young people in Cornwall. 

Included in the new grants is £53,131 awarded to the Redruth-based charity White Gold Cornwall CIC. The project offers one-to-one mentoring to young people, in particular those with emotional or behavioural difficulties who may find themselves out of education or training. Each case is dealt with on an individual basis but may include using techniques such as animal assisted therapy, creative arts, music and sport.

Alan Milliner MBE, MD of White Gold Cornwall CIC, said: “"White Gold Cornwall recognises the ever increasing demands on all potential funding opportunities to support organisations such as ourselves. Therefore, this BBC Children in Need grant is greatly appreciated and maintains support for some of the most vulnerable young people in the county of Cornwall. On behalf of these young people, thank you."

Clare Cannock, BBC Children in Need's regional manager for the South West said: "We are delighted to be awarding this money to projects in Cornwall which will go on to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the area. The support we get each year is staggering and everyone should feel proud of what they have made possible. Thank you!"