Citizens Advice has marked its 80th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony in Penzance.
The tree was planted by the Mayor of Penzance, Cllr Nicole Broadhurst and Citizens Advice Cornwall Chair of Trustees, John Baker, with local Citizens Advice volunteers and staff at Penlee Park.
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.
John Baker said:
“We are proud to have served the people of Penzance and the surrounding area 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.”
As part of the 80th anniversary celebrations, commemorative trees are also being planted in Saltash and Truro.
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.