Popular BBC Radio Cornwall presenter, Debbie McCrory has officially opened Cornwall Hospice Care's first charity department store in Truro.
Debbie cut a ribbon in front of gathered staff and volunteers to herald a new era in good-cause shopping for the charity.

The huge shop in Pydar Street is full of pre-loved and new clothing and furniture and a host of different ranges from children’s to linen and homeware.  Debbie McCrory who took a tour, spoke of the importance of supporting charity shops and of her delight at being asked by the charity to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony.  You can hear her report of the morning's proceedings here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p048nf17#play starting at 18.07. 

The store at St Clement House quietly opened on Monday 26th September and immediately provided a draw for the shoppers of Truro as Nina Kneil, Business Development Manager, explains;

“Many of our visitors have already said this is just what Truro needs and have been very complementary about what we are offering.  We’ve got a wide range of donated items on offer from furniture, to clothes, toys and things you need for your home.” 

Shoppers have been quick to react on the charity’s social media channels reporting delight at the range of goods available.  As Nina explains, it’s shopping that benefits the whole community; “Every penny people spend at the store stays in Cornwall helping to provide a range of care services across the county to families who are trying to cope with a life limiting illness.”

The store is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.  

The first picture shows Debbie opening the store before she went in to buy a handbag that had caught her eye. Joining her are from left to right, Nina Kneil, Dr Mary Turfitt (volunteer Trustee of Cornwall Hospice Care), Di Mills (volunteer Trustee), Sarah Kundracik, Simon Hatherall, Debbie McCrory, Dr Steve Hawkins (volunteer Trustee), Jackie Robson, Aarron Stroud, Paul Brinsley (Chief Executive of Cornwall Hospice Care).  In the second picture Mike Voyzey, Head of Retail is third from the left behind Di Mills. The other pictures show the interior of the store. Thanks to our photographer on the day, Colin Higgs.