The Beacon, PCH’s dedicated community centre, already houses the local library, a café, office space, the LARK Children’s Centre and a convenience store, as well as a space that can be hired for meetings and community events, and three floors of residential accommodation.
The shop will sell pre-loved clothing for women, men and children, shoes and accessories, jewellery, soft furnishings, household items and bric-a-brac, and is accepting donated items.
During their grand opening yesterday, St Luke's Hospice Plymouth cut the ribbon on their new shop, and were joined by Manager Leah Clark and shop assistant Tash Donovan, alongside Beth Valentine, Commercial Property Surveyor at Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) who was on hand to cut the ribbon.
Nicola Kingston, Interim Head of Income, Commercial & Homeownership at Plymouth Community Homes, said: “It is really exciting to be joined by an organisation whose core values align so closely with PCH, which will continue to grow the offering to our residents and community in North Prospect.
“We are excited to welcome St Luke’s to The Beacon, and they will no doubt be a popular and welcome addition to the local community and beyond.”
Run by staff and volunteers, the shop will be open six days a week, Monday to Saturday. There is a parking area at the back of the building if anyone has a large number of items to donate at one time. Please enquire in the store for more details.
John Saunders, St Luke’s Area Retail Manager, said: “Connecting with local people and communities is central to everything we do at St Luke’s, so it’s a real thrill to move into North Prospect, especially as part of an established neighbourhood environment like The Beacon.
“I know our care teams are often out and about in North Prospect, visiting patients and their families, so it seems appropriate that we now have a shop here in the heart of the community, and we hope it will be well supported.”
Photo note: Shop Assistant, Tash Donovan, Shop Manager, Leah Clark and Commercial Property Surveyor Beth Valentine, PCH
Photo credit: Paul Slater