The Cornishman 1st March
The latest pop up shop occupants in Penzance have performed so well they have been given added time to raise funds for refugee charities.
The shop on Market Jew Street has been managed by as many as 40 West Cornwall volunteers from Refugee Aid and UK Action for Refugees, who have been shocked by the success.
“The response has been great, the shop has been super successful and has seen people come from far and wide to donate and buy our lovely items”, said organiser, Tamzin Wood.
“In the beginning we would have been happy with raising £2,000, but we are currently on around £4,500 so far and are hoping to break the £5,000 mark.
“Pop Up Penzance has been very generous to us as they are extremely proud of what is being achieved, so we have been given more time.”
The shop was initially meant to close on Saturday February 27 after opening two weeks earlier, but it will now run until Saturday March 5.
Fellow organiser, Libby Pentreath, said: “We have seen people come in with really negative thoughts and leave in a real positive way after speaking to us and donating”.
Ruthie Weaver, who also helped set up the venture, added: “The shop has helped raise great awareness for the cause, which has made people feel such helplessness and sadness that they have been donating £20 or £30 at a time.”
The two charities plan to move into other premises on Jennings Street in the near future, once they have finished at the Pop Up shop and distribute their funds accordingly, to sell affordable furniture.
They are now asking for donations for that venture and further details will be available on the Refugee Aid Facebook Page in the near future.