One of Camelford’s well known charity shops is to close on Christmas Eve after 21 years in the town. Senior staff at Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care have been forced into the move as the shop has become financially unviable.

“This will be a fond farewell” says Frazer Hopkins, Head of Retail at Cornwall Hospice Care. “We’ve loved being a part of this wonderful town, but the shop just isn’t making a profit. As a charity we have an obligation to focus our available funds on supporting the care we provide at our two Cornish hospices and not on subsidising a loss-making charity shop. Sadly, the Camelford store was struggling even before the pandemic arrived and we can’t go on.”

“I know our employee and her volunteers have loved working in Camelford and I’d like to pay tribute to our very hard-working Shop Manager Sophie Georgiou and her team for their extraordinary dedication and commitment and their understanding at this difficult time. I’m able to confirm we’ve offered our manager another role within the retail department of our charity.”

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The shop will remain open until the end of business on Christmas Eve. “I can’t emphasise enough what a tough decision this was” says Frazer. “We don’t take closures like this lightly and stress this is a fond farewell as Camelford has been a part of our charity for a long time. I hope that in the new year people will still seek out our charity shops in Wadebridge, Tintagel and Bude where there’ll be a warm welcome.”