A fresh appeal for Cornwall’s first young mental health unit (Pirate FM, 09/01/2019)

Sowenna Centre prepares to open, takes on staff (Cornish Stuff, 08/01/2019)

Cornish charity raising money for world-class children’s mental health facility (Falmouth Packet, 14/12/2018)

Mullion School choir sings at Truro Cathedral carol service which raised more than £1,800 for the Sowenna Appeal (Falmouth Packet, 08/12/2018)

Flash mob for Cornwall’s first young mental health unit (Pirate FM, 10/10/2018)

Heartfelt appeal to kit out Cornwall’s first young mental health unit (Pirate FM, 09/10/2018)

Invictus donate £50,000 to the Sowenna Appeal (Invictus Trust, 27/09/2018)

Cornish Pirates: Sowenna Appeal is club’s charity of the season (Falmouth Packet, 07/09/2018)

Cornwall’s children and teenagers are sent hundreds of miles from home for mental health treatment (Cornwall Live, 06/09/2018)

Work starts on Cornwall’s first mental health unit for children and young people (Pirate FM, 02/05/2018)

Mum-of-three faces 550 mile trip to visit daughter at mental health unit in London (Cornwall Live, 28/03/2018)

Mental health unit for children gets the green light (Pirate FM, 31/03/2017)

Invictus Trust donate £50,000

A donation for £50,000 was presented on Thursday 27 September, by the Invictus Trust towards the Sowenna Appeal. The donation was presented to CFT Chair, Barbara Vann by Steve Cowburn from the Invictus Trust, a charity which aims to support and offer services to local teenagers who are suffering from poor mental health and associated issues at CFT’s Annual Members’ Meeting.

“The initial donation by the Invictus Trust will be used to furnish the Invictus Café within the unit and to allow visits with family and friends to happen in a friendly space – the sort of space our son Ben would have enjoyed an espresso. We will also fund a minibus to take young people out of Sowenna to access the local community.

We have had consultations with young people who had been patients in a number of units around the country. They said very clearly that a café where parents and friends could have good coffee was very important. Also trips out of the unit in a minibus would be a great stepping stone back to integrating more fully with their local community.

The contribution will also help to pay towards parental accommodation to allow families to stay over and support their loved ones following admission. We are delighted with all these ways in which the hard-earned money from Invictus supporters can help make the unit the best it can be and a flagship for Cornwallhowever, we remain committed to improving and extending the provision in Cornwall to cover all adolescents up to the age of 25.”

Dr Barbara Vann, Chair at Cornwall Foundation Trust said, “For the children and young people of Cornwall this development is a milestone. CFT has long hoped that this unit could be built and we are delighted to be working with Invictus to achieve the very best provision for our children and young people. Thanks go to all of the people of Cornwall who have contributed to the Invictus fundraising and to our Health partners who are helping us to realise our vision.”

Keep up to date

We’ll be updating this page with images from our build as it progresses so please do come back and visit us again soon to see how it’s going.

Please see the most up to date plans and visuals, as provided by our architects here.


On Saturday 8th September 2018 we held a Drop In Open Day for Sowenna at Carew House on the Bodmin Hospital site. Attendees had the opportunity to see the building on their way in, meet the Architect, Builders, Project and Appeals Teams; plus Clinical Leads, furniture suppliers and Tillery Valley Foods who were providing tasters of the food that could be served on the unit.

On Sunday 2nd September 2018 we commenced our fundraising activities with:

  • Our first collection at the Cornish Pirates’ first match of the season against Doncaster Knights (KO 14:30) during which we raised £607.46
  • Family Fun Day at Bodmin Rugby Club including children’s entertainment, fun fair games, face paint, tombola, raffle and cake stall at which we raised £393.45