ALMOST £2,000 has been raised for the Cornish language thanks to a coast-to-coast charity walk in memory of a ‘true Cornishman’.

Cornish Bard, Stephen Gainey, 57, from Illogan, died on December 18, following sudden illness. He had been a partner at RRL chartered accountants, based in Truro, since 1996.

On Saturday, June 22, his colleagues teamed up with Stephen’s family to complete a 12-mile walk from Portreath to Devoran.

The walk raised funds for ‘Kowethas An Yeth Kernewek – the Cornish Language Fellowship’, a charity close to Stephen’s heart.

“All of us at RRL wanted to do something so that we could come together to remember Steve and the things that were important to him,” said Nick Skerratt, partner at RRL and close friend to Stephen.

“It was lovely for the team to walk with so many of Steve’s family and for us to share fond memories of him along the way.

“Feet were sore by the end of it, but spirits were still high with a good sense of achievement and us all knowing a little bit more about the man we all highly respected and whose knowledge and sense of humour is missed every day.”

At the time of writing, the fundraiser had seen around 100 supporters help to raise more than £1,700. Anyone still wishing to donate can visit

Jackie Gainey, Stephen’s wife of 30 years, added: “It was a really special day. On behalf of our family we really can’t thank all at RRL enough for organising it, and all who supported it.

“Stephen was truly blessed to have such special colleagues and friends. He would be so grateful and proud at the amazing tribute in his memory.”

Stephen was appointed a bard thanks to his skill and love of the Cornish language. His family and friends are confident the raised funds have gone in the ‘proper’ direction.

The Kowethas aims to advance the education of the public in the Cornish language through promoting and encouraging its use. The raised funds will support the language in many ways.

Currently the Kowethas produce publications in Cornish, including a monthly magazine, books and learning materials. Social events for Cornish speakers and learners are also organised.

“Well done and meur ras to Stephen Gainey’s family and colleagues,” said a Kowethas spokesperson. “All the money raised will support the promotion and development of the language. A great tribute to Steve in Speak Cornish Week.”

Further information about Kowethas can be found at and its Facebook page.