There’s been a flurry of Christmas activity in Cornwall Hospice Care shops as the teams prepared for a window competition. Across the county staff and volunteers have been busy creating festive scenes all of which were judged by senior managers of the Cornish healthcare charity. The overall winning shop team announced this week, were the staff and volunteers from the Boslowick store in Falmouth. The three runners up included the shops in Wadebridge town centre, Redruth and St Blazey.

The competition was introduced as part of the charity’s campaign to fight back from the ravages of the pandemic that saw the shops closed for more than half of the last financial year. The shop staff and volunteers were given free rein to create their displays but had to include the charity’s 2021 Christmas cards and donated festive jumpers. Chief Executive Paul Brinsley was one of the judges; “We were so impressed by the standard and creativity shown by our shop teams, they’d put a lot of work into their windows and it was tough whittling it down to the winner and three runners up.”

The winning shop team are based at Boslowick in Falmouth where HR Director Verity Hill says the window display was stunning; “The windows were beautifully co-ordinated and filled with many handmade decorations. The attention to detail was incredible. The pride shown by Layla Richardson, Store Manager and the volunteer team explaining the background of the windows, was clearly evident and we particularly liked the handmade post box. All in all, very impressive.”

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The pictures above and below show the prize winning window display put together by the charity shop team at Boslowick.

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Gina Starnes, Director of Clinical Services, added; “There were so many clever touches, from the colour choices to the turkey made of clay and the wooden potatoes in the St Blazey shop window. We all thoroughly enjoyed visiting the shops and having time to meet the staff and the many volunteers who worked so hard to create stunning designs.”

Finance Director Graham Clarke added; “I thoroughly enjoyed taking time to visit the shops and was knocked out by the very high standards. It made picking the finalists incredibly difficult and showed just how talented our employees and volunteers are.”

The top four charity shop teams will receive special framed certificates to mark their success and that can be displayed where their customers can see them.

The pictures below are from the Highly Commended shop windows at Wadebridge town centre, Redruth and St Blazey.

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