THE launch of the Fishermen's Mission's first ever charity shop in Helston went “extremely well”, wityh a crowd of well wishers turning up to enjoy an opening event.
The Fishermen's Mission, a charity established to aid fishermen and retired fishermen with both financial and spiritual aid, chose Helston for its debut store.
This was opened in Meneage Street with the help of professional chef Nick Outlaw, who was present at the public opening.
He cut the ribbon along with Commodore David Dickens, chief executive of the Fishermen's Mission.
Mr Outlaw also cut the celebration cake made especially for the occasion.
The event saw a large turnout and the introduction of a shop, which was the idea of the organisation's director of fundraising, was “the right timing” according to Julian Waring, centre manager at the Newlyn mission.
He said: “Donation is a very important lifeline. Fishermen's Mission recently gave over £110,000 in storm relief, with a maximum of £500 on individual grants.”
Mr Waring also feels that the new shop will help to “galvanise support”.
“We want to make sure all fishermen and past fishermen are aware that we are available. It is a great outreach.
“As a Christian charity, we want people to know that they can come in and have a chat.”
The Cadgwith Singers made an appearance at the opening, singing outside the shop, while inside one wall features a giant mural created by Sarah Brown.