Citizens Advice has marked its 80th anniversary with a special tree planting ceremony in Saltash.
The oak tree was planted by the Mayor of Saltash, Cllr Gloria Challen and Citizens Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, with local Citizens Advice volunteers and staff at Pillmere Green.
The charity was established at the outbreak of the Second World War to help people with wartime regulations, temporary housing following bombing raids, rationing and welfare.
Since then, the organisation has continued to expand and meet increasing needs for advice on wide variety of issues, including debt, benefits, Universal Credit, employment issues, housing, family break-up and discrimination.
Gill Pipkin said:
“We are proud to have served the people of Saltash and South East Cornwall and helped them find a way out of their problems.
“We are also immensely grateful to our hundreds of volunteers from this area who have given their time over the years to contribute to their community.”
The Mayor of Saltash, Cllr Gloria Challen, said: “I was delighted to plant a tree, not only to mark the 80th anniversary of the charity, but also to acknowledge the outstanding work of the Citizen’s Advice Cornwall.
“The work of the charity has benefitted many thousands of people in Cornwall, including residents of Saltash and long may this wonderful charity continue to help those who truly need it.”
As part of the 80th anniversary celebrations, trees will also be planted in Truro and Penzance.
Last year, across Cornwall, Citizens Advice saw 8,500 people and helped write-off £5.4 million in unmanageable debt. The charity also gained £3.4 million in income for people in the county, largely through unclaimed benefits.
Citizens Advice exists to provide free, confidential and independent help to everyone in the community.