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Support for Marazion's cancer shop is overwhelming

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

Denise Oldcorn, a volunteer at the Marazion Cancer Shop.

Denise Oldcorn, a volunteer at the Marazion Cancer Shop.

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VOLUNTEERS at a charity shop in Marazion said they had been overwhelmed with support since reopening last week following a period of refurbishment.

The Marazion Cancer Shop closed just before Christmas to complete much-needed cosmetic work.

A team of volunteers have been hard at work over the past month getting the place in shape. A coat of paint, new carpets, as well as alterations to the fixtures and fittings, have given the much-loved shop a brand new image.

Denise Oldcorn, chairman of the volunteer committee, said the community had rallied around to support the opening.

"It's been absolutely fantastic. When we opened on Monday we couldn't move for donations that people had brought in. They couldn't wait for us to reopen.

"We have got people coming from all over the place to shop with us. It's a sort of social hub for a lot of people, they love it. We are very lucky."

Dulux Decorator Centre and hardware store B&Q donated items to help with the refurbishment and Carpet Warehouse in Long Rock sold the new carpet at cost price.

The shop, which has been an independent store for three years since Cancer Research closed, asks volunteers to vote on where money should be spent.

With sales of clothes, toys, dvds, books and other bric-a-brac, it often raises more than £20,000 in the year, most of which goes towards funding research at the Sunrise Centre at Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Donations are accepted at the shop, but volunteers will also make collections if there are a lot of items.

For more details you can find Marazion Cancer Shop on Facebook.

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