Sharron Lipscombe-Manley is well known in Camborne as the owner of Delight 2 Bite delicatessen and as the chair of BID Camborne which has just been voted in for a third term.

Less well known, perhaps, is that she and her group of loyal helpers are regular fundraisers. In the wake of footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to provide free school meals during holiday periods, they have gifted food to local children and supported Camborne’s foodbank. They have also donated to Children’s Hospice Southwest and the British Legion poppy appeal.

Sharron’s latest project involves providing lunch for 120 five- to ten-year-olds from 20 to 23 December in response to an approach from All Saints Community Church in Tuckingmill. Each two-course meal will include a treat and Sharron is closing her shop for the four-day period whilst she’s busy cooking. She and her team are also providing breakfast cereals, yogurts and fruit juices.

“Vicky Hawken, Jan Davis and Stephen Fuller have been making tree gonks, 3D reindeer and snowflakes which I’ve been selling in the shop,” said Sharron. “Many of my customers have given us money and food donations and local businesses have helped enormously too.

“I want to thank everyone involved for their amazing support. Camborne has a close community, and this is what Christmas is all about. Pulling together and helping each other, even when times are tough.”

Companies sponsoring this year’s festive cause include Tesco, Hunt’s Food Service, Cornish Oven, Kath’s Plaice, Cornhill Farm, the Kick organisation, Berryman’s Pasties, Rodda’s, Tastylicious Treats and Walters & Barbary Solicitors and Martin Penney, who is otherwise known as Running Beard.

To provide additional help to those in need this Christmas, Sharron is offering free food and a hot drink at Delight 2 Bite for anyone in need. This is being made possible by her regular customers buying extra drinks and meals that are then available when required and without cost. 

“Camborne is a small Cornish town with a gigantic heart,” she said.