AN annual art exhibition held at a popular café in St Keverne has raised £1,200 for Citizenship for Life (C4L).

The exhibition by Porthallow-based artist Ian Gutridge who specialises in acrylic paintings of local scenery was held at a family-run café, Fat Apples in Porthallow, St Keverne.

Ian decided to raise money for C4L after a discussion with Phoebe Jourdan who runs Fat Apples with her family. Phoebe is a voluntary director of C4L and was a mentee on the programme in 2012.

C4L helps young people aged between 13-15 from across Cornwall build resilience, boost self-confidence, and raise self-esteem.

Each young person is paired with a volunteer who is their supporter through 12 themed days.

The current programme is supporting young people from Mullion, Helston, and Redruth Schools. The programme lasts 12 months and educates mentees on all aspects of becoming a good citizen.

The 2023/24 CL cohort has just returned from an annual residential event in Bristol. They learnt about the environment, cultural diversity, the Windrush generation, and homelessness. They visited several sites including the charity Emmaus, where they met the C4L patron, Sir Terry Waite CBE and heard his emotive story of capture and release.

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