Cornwall LivingIssue #122

Giving back to Cornwall

Whether you have a home in Cornwall that you use yourself or you offer to others, there’s a way you can support a much-loved local charity.

Ever wondered how you can give back to the Cornish community that offers you such a warm a welcome when you visit? Well, next time you’re updating your holiday home think of donating your preloved items to Cornwall Hospice Care. The charity cares for and supports terminally ill adults and their families during the most difficult of times at its two hospices – St Julia’s in Hayle and Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell – and through its community service projects. One of the ways the charity raises funds is by selling on donated furniture through its network of charity shops across the county.

Donating that sun-faded sofa or last season’s rug will help fund vital end-of-life and bereavement services for the community of Cornwall. You’ll also be helping to protect the area by finding new homes for the dining table that your family has outgrown or the lamp that doesn’t match the new theme, rather than sending them to landfill. 

The charity offers a free collection service that you can book online. Donations just need to be in a good enough condition to sell on and have any required fire safety labels. Without these the charity can’t legally sell them and would have to pay to dispose of the items. 

So, next time you’re taking in the beauty of the rugged Cornish coastline, exploring the county’s rich history or eating fresh scones (jam first of course!), just remember what you can do to support the local community that calls Cornwall home. Cornwall Hospice Care has furniture shops in Penryn, Truro, St Austell and Wadebridge and will come and collect the donated items from your holiday home. Just pop online and book your collection in advance. They are also great places to browse if you are looking for a quirky gift or to upcycle any furniture for your own use.