After another tasty B&B breakfast, the owner's daughter volunteered to start me on my way by driving me to Griggs Quay on the Hayle Estuary Nature Reserve near Lelant. Just after I started to walk I met a couple who asked me about the Hazel's Helper sign on my backpack. In the course of our conversation it transpired that they had a friend who had also lost a baby grandchild. The baby's father, Nick Hodges, wanted to do something in his son's name so he started the Bodie Hodges Foundation to raise enough money to buy a property to "Create a relaxing and safe environment that allows time for peace and reflection" for families who have lost a child. He also wanted to "Develop a wider understanding of the importance of organ donation." Nick's goals are very similar to my own reasons for taking on the challenge of walking the South West Coast Path.
From Lelant I continued on my way to Carbis Bay where I stopped for lunch at the Carbis Bay Hotel. I had a very nice sandwich and a pot of tea which the hotel very kindly donated. I sat at a table with two ladies who had been friends for 30 years and we had an interesting and lively conversation.
After leaving Carbis Bay I continued on to St. Ives. Martin Procter, my cousins husband, told me he was going to hang some of his paintings in the Penwith Gallery in St. Ives so I had enough time to visit the gallery to see for myself what it was like. While I was there one of the gallery staff helped me to find accommodation for the night at the Cohort Hostel and she also gave a donation for Hazel's Heroes. The hostel was dormitory accommodation - very basic but better than my bivvy sack.
I'm a grandfather who lost an infant granddaughter and who wants to help Gillian, her mother, provide support for other grieving parents through Hazel's Heroes.