Cornish Karma Makes People Smile

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By Eventy - Marketing & PR | Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 13:12

Good will gestures are sweeping across the Duchy as people get in line to "pay it forward", or should we say "pay it drekly"?

Under the banner of Cornish Karma, people are buying cups of tea and coffee in participating cafes and takeaways ready and waiting for strangers, just to make them smile.

Cornish Karma is based on the Suspended Coffee idea – which is being embraced across the world, as people buy a hot drink for themselves and a 'suspended' one to be kept aside for a homeless person; to be given out by the café or takeaway.

Taking the world by storm, the idea has been widely circulated on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, various websites and BBC News.

The big-hearted people of Cornwall are going one step further with Cornish Karma and asking "why stop at a coffee?" and "why not for everyone?"

In answer, a small group of local business people are driving things forward across the county: Rory Jenkins from Embado in Perranporth, Helen Mulhern from Eventy – Marketing & PR in Penryn, Jayne Gray from Castle Beach Café in Falmouth, Taor Morris from Leopard Print in Truro and Rebecca Heane from Cream Cornwall in Falmouth.

Helen Mulhern explains:

"Many of us saw Suspended Coffee on Facebook and wanted to embrace it in Cornwall.  On sharing the idea with friends and family, it soon became clear that people here want to do more than coffees and help anyone that needs a lift, not just the homeless.  The look on someone's face when they find out that their coffee has been paid for is worth every penny, as many of them then join in with the idea of "paying it forward" and buy a drink for the next customer."

Taor Morris added: "Our little group has not worked together before, we came together over Facebook.  It really struck a chord with us and we sort of gravitated together to take it forward.  If anyone would like to join our little committee to help spread Cornish Karma, the more the merrier!"

Some of the establishments already supporting the scheme in Cornwall are Castle Beach Café, Cavendish Coffee House and Mylor Cafe in Falmouth; The Beached Lamb Café in Newquay; Charlie's Café and Deli in Tintagel; and The Watering Hole, The Seiners, Pavilion Boatshed Restaurant, Griff's Grill and Perran Dairy in Perranporth.

Rebecca Heane points out that the only limit in Cornwall is people's imagination:

"It could be a pasty, parking, or an ice-cream – anything that a customer wants to purchase, in agreement with the establishment, held in "suspense" for someone else - either in need, or simply to make them smile. Chapmans Butchers in Perranporth are running the scheme with pastys whilst Kelly's Zumba in St Ives has received a 'suspended Zumba class'!"

Rory Jenkins has helped spread the word in his hometown of Perranporth saying:

"The support from Perranporth has already been overwhelming and I believe we've really been leading the way.  I'm delighted that more and more establishments are coming on board from across Cornwall and people are being made to smile throughout the county."

Castle Beach Café was the first establishment to support the scheme in Falmouth and owner, Jane Gray, explains how the scheme will benefit a wide range of people:

"We are so excited at Castle Beach to be the first café in Falmouth to take on board the scheme. It is really rewarding to be part of this and will help the Cornish community. We hope that people will be so generous that we will have suspended items left over at the end of the day, in which case we will donate the surplus using vouchers to Foodbank to distribute to anyone who needs them."

If you would like to purchase a suspended item, please check for participating venues.

For further info, to post your support or spread good will, visit



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