Healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care has shown its commitment to Truro by opening a huge new furniture shop in the city. The outlet in the former Volvo Garage on Moresk Road will also offer a donation point for people wanting to support the charity with preloved items.
It’s a big step for Cornwall Hospice Care but one that it’s hoped will bring success. Frazer Hopkins is the Head of Retail; “We know Truro is a good place to be, having had a very successful furniture store in Pydar Street. We had to move out as the building is being demolished, but now we’ve secured this site in Moresk Road with onsite parking and a facility to take in donations as well as sell them.”
The Cornwall Hospice Care shops generate income to support the charity’s front-line services and the picture above includes (from left to right) Paul Brinsley Chief Executive, Laura Dias Physiotherapist, Beverley MacIntyre volunteer Trustee, Gwendoline Treseder Occupational Therapist and Graham Clarke Finance Director.
The shop was formerly opened on Thursday 22nd April by Beverley MacIntyre, volunteer Trustee of the charity and Chair of the Income Generation committee, who said as she cut the ribbon; “It feels like such an achievement to be together opening these fabulous new premises. I’d just like to say thank you to everyone who’s been part of this on behalf of our Trustees and also to wish the team successful trading. This is an important day for Cornwall Hospice Care after a very challenging year.”
The shop will be open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week and the donation centre will open at 10am Monday to Saturday and will work on a first come first served basis. Once full for the day it will close and this will probably be late morning or lunchtime.
We've been part of the city for many years
Graham Clarke is the Finance Director at Cornwall Hospice Care; “We weren’t sure what to expect when we reopened on the 12th April. We wondered if our customers would come back or be worried about getting back to shopping, but the numbers have been absolutely amazing and we’re thrilled with the money raised so far. Thank you everyone.”
The opening was attended by the new Furniture store team of Nikki Jenkins, Shop Manager, Hannah Osborne and Mandy Kindon, Gwendoline Treseder Occupational Therapist, Laura Dias Physiotherapist, members of the charity’s Truro Fundraising Group Judy Ward (Chair) and Angela Bayley (Treasurer), Chief Executive Paul Brinsley, Justine Cook and Grant Jones from the retail team and Sabrina Littlewood of Community Payback who work with the charity on projects for the shops.
Paul Brinsley; “It was sad and disappointing when we had to leave our premises in Pydar Street, but we’re pleased to be in Moresk Road now and looking forward to welcoming our customers back. We’ve been a part of the city for many years and it’s central to our offer to the public. We need our shoppers and we also need donations and volunteers so please come and say hello.”