Our much-loved nurses were on hand for the launch of the new-look St Luke’s furniture store in Launceston at the beginning of this month.

The opening followed the closure of our outlet in the centre of the town back in February, with the new location on Hursdon Road carefully chosen by our charity so the furniture shop benefits from being opposite the busy retail park that includes popular names such as M&S Food and Costa Coffee, as well as free parking for customers.

Ours is the only second-hand furniture shop of this size in Launceston, offering quality preloved furniture including sofas and refurbished white goods. Also available are brand new mattresses, plus donated clothes, toys and bric-a-brac, at very reasonable prices.

Cash raised from sales at the shop will go towards the £7.8 million St Luke’s needs to raise to provide free-of-charge end of life care and support to families across the area. Last year, around 16% of St Luke’s care was delivered to patients in East Cornwall, with our team looking after many of them at home.

Shop Manager Karen Missen said: “We’re proud to be back in Launceston at this great location, alongside our other Cornish charity shops in Callington and Saltash.”

“After having my children, I worked for the NHS as a maternity healthcare assistant, then a shop manager, training manager and area manager in charity retail. I also spent much of the last decade as full-time carer for my parents. Sadly, they are no longer here, but after St Luke’s looked after mum in her last few weeks I know they would be so pleased to know I am working for such an amazing organisation. I feel privileged and excited to head the brilliant Launceston team.”

St Luke’s Head of Retail, Mike Picken, said: “It’s great to be back in this corner of Cornwall and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to this more accessible location.

“We offer a free-of-charge, seven-days-a-week furniture collection service and we’ll stretch every penny we raise to offer brilliant care to people in our local communities.”

If you or anyone you know would like to arrange for St Luke’s to collect large items of furniture, please call 01752 964455 (Mon – Fri, 8.30am – 5pm).