Church Charity Shop To Help Homeless Charity This Weekend

Sue Hodgson at the Charity Shop

Sue Hodgson at the Charity Shop

The church charity shop is hoping to help people who find themselves alone and sleeping rough during the festive season.

Organiser Sue Hodgson says this Saturday’s takings will be donated to the St Petroc’s Society, which helps single, homeless people in Cornwall and Scilly.

Sue says many people might be surprised to hear that Cornwall has the second highest number of rough sleepers out of all the counties in the UK.

And the majority of those are from the area, not people who have moved here.

St Petroc’s, who have centres in Truro, Penzance and St Austell, helps accommodate people who find themselves without a roof over their head.

Last year, they had over 11,000 requests for help and housed 148 people.

There’s a perception that there’s no homelessness in Scilly but Sue says it does exist, although it tends to be “hidden.”

There have been cases in the past of people sleeping rough near Trenoweth and on The Garrison.

But Sue says in most cases, it’s people who have moved here for a job with accommodation, who then find themselves out of work.

St Petroc’s will help them get back to the mainland and pay travel costs so they can return to their families.

Sue says at this time of year, with long dark nights and cold weather, the thought of spending a night with no friends, family or shelter is terrible.

She’s hoping that they can raise at least £200 from the charity shop on Saturday and she says there’ll also be donation envelopes left in the Church Hall, the Parish Church and the Methodist Chapel.

You can find out more about the St Petroc’s Society here.