End of an era for Helston charity shop

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Tomorrow will mark the end of an era in Helston when fundraiser Margaret Fitter closes the doors of her charity shop for the last time.

From Friday Cancer Funding For Cornwall will cease to run as a shop, although the charity - through which Margret has raised more than £1 million for cancer patients - will continue to operate from its founder's home.

The shop, which has been based in Coinagehall Street for the last four years, is only the most recent incarnation of a series of fundraising outlets run by Margaret, who started with a charity rail outside her dress making agency in the old arcade (now Peacocks) in 1989.

Margaret has been forced to stand down as administrator due to ill health and has been unable to find someone to take over the running of the charity.

Despite the shop's closure, however, the charity will continue to give out grants to patients while funds remain, and people can still donate by money by calling Margaret on 01326 563940.

All the stock in the shop will be sold separately, with the money still going to benefit cancer charities in Cornwall.

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7:01pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Another empty shop, when I was in Helston today I noticed the shop selling children's clothes and other clothes opposite the Guildhall, said "closing sale" on the window. That shop has not been there very long. I can't remember the name of it.
Another empty shop, when I was in Helston today I noticed the shop selling children's clothes and other clothes opposite the Guildhall, said "closing sale" on the window. That shop has not been there very long. I can't remember the name of it. Gill Zella Martin 09
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7:47pm Thu 31 Jan 13

meerkats says...

Think i am right in saying that the shop was a pop up shop, and would only stay there if she had enough trade ,as she is shutting down ,i assume that she hasnt done well.
Think i am right in saying that the shop was a pop up shop, and would only stay there if she had enough trade ,as she is shutting down ,i assume that she hasnt done well. meerkats
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8:06pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Oh right, looked like she had some nice things in there.
Oh right, looked like she had some nice things in there. Gill Zella Martin 09
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7:38pm Fri 1 Feb 13

meerkats says...

can anyone remember what shop was there before Mrs Fitter opened the charity shop.?
can anyone remember what shop was there before Mrs Fitter opened the charity shop.? meerkats
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7:57pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I can't remember, I only remember there used to be a Debenhams and a knees years ago in Helston, or something like that anyway. In the nineteen forties there was "The Electric Light Company" not that I was born then lol
I can't remember, I only remember there used to be a Debenhams and a knees years ago in Helston, or something like that anyway. In the nineteen forties there was "The Electric Light Company" not that I was born then lol Gill Zella Martin 09
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8:06pm Fri 1 Feb 13

meerkats says...

i remember Knees ,think that was somewhere near where the air ambulance shop is now. And i certainly wouldnt remember the El C. Thanks Gill .
i remember Knees ,think that was somewhere near where the air ambulance shop is now. And i certainly wouldnt remember the El C. Thanks Gill . meerkats
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8:24pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

My aunt worked in the ELC when she was living in Porthleven.
There used to be a solicitors Ratcliffe and Henderson that dealt with a lot of interesting stuff in Helston. I am not much help I am afraid, just full of useless information.
My aunt worked in the ELC when she was living in Porthleven. There used to be a solicitors Ratcliffe and Henderson that dealt with a lot of interesting stuff in Helston. I am not much help I am afraid, just full of useless information. Gill Zella Martin 09
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8:42pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Although I was born in the 1960s I can't remember what Mrs Fitters shop was originally, probably because I spent more time in Falmouth for shops because they had more choice.
Although I was born in the 1960s I can't remember what Mrs Fitters shop was originally, probably because I spent more time in Falmouth for shops because they had more choice. Gill Zella Martin 09
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8:44pm Fri 1 Feb 13

meerkats says...

Gill Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Although I was born in the 1960s I can't remember what Mrs Fitters shop was originally, probably because I spent more time in Falmouth for shops because they had more choice.
Times havent changed much then re Falmouth more choice lol
[quote][p][bold]Gill Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Although I was born in the 1960s I can't remember what Mrs Fitters shop was originally, probably because I spent more time in Falmouth for shops because they had more choice.[/p][/quote]Times havent changed much then re Falmouth more choice lol meerkats
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6:53am Sat 2 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Lol, you are right meerkats., and when I came back into the county 30 years ago I never visualised that Helston would end up with a town management team but then I suppose that is progress for you !!!!
Lol, you are right meerkats., and when I came back into the county 30 years ago I never visualised that Helston would end up with a town management team but then I suppose that is progress for you !!!! Gill Zella Martin 09
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8:46pm Sat 2 Feb 13

telstar1962 says...

A comment regarding the subject matter

Congratulations Margaret Fitter on your splendid work for charity over many years in Helston

Thank you
A comment regarding the subject matter Congratulations Margaret Fitter on your splendid work for charity over many years in Helston Thank you telstar1962
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7:20am Sun 3 Feb 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I already made relevant comments about her good work and the shame that the shop was closing and so did meerkats, on the previous article on the subject about her shop closing.
I already made relevant comments about her good work and the shame that the shop was closing and so did meerkats, on the previous article on the subject about her shop closing. Gill Zella Martin 09
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11:42am Sun 3 Feb 13

telstar1962 says...

I understand your comment above,GZM,I haven't the time to scan every single comment on this site,however I thought that a relevant statement should be posted here,rather than a discussion about the old days, lol
I understand your comment above,GZM,I haven't the time to scan every single comment on this site,however I thought that a relevant statement should be posted here,rather than a discussion about the old days, lol telstar1962
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1:38pm Sun 3 Feb 13

meerkats says...

telstar1962 wrote:
I understand your comment above,GZM,I haven't the time to scan every single comment on this site,however I thought that a relevant statement should be posted here,rather than a discussion about the old days, lol
Think most subjects do go off course with commenters ,i understand why you said it but as Gill has already said we have both made positive and relevant comments on her shop closure. it is such a shame that Mrs Fitter is in ill health after all the wonderful work and time spent helping others.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: I understand your comment above,GZM,I haven't the time to scan every single comment on this site,however I thought that a relevant statement should be posted here,rather than a discussion about the old days, lol[/p][/quote]Think most subjects do go off course with commenters ,i understand why you said it but as Gill has already said we have both made positive and relevant comments on her shop closure. it is such a shame that Mrs Fitter is in ill health after all the wonderful work and time spent helping others. meerkats
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2:03pm Sun 3 Feb 13

telstar1962 says...

I agree with your comment Meerkat

Mrs Fitter can look back with pride at her achievement.
I agree with your comment Meerkat Mrs Fitter can look back with pride at her achievement. telstar1962
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