A furniture shop has opened in Immingham to raise funds for poorly people in North East Lincolnshire.

A furniture shop has opened in Immingham to raise funds for poorly people in North East Lincolnshire.

St Andrew's Hospice has transformed the former beauty salon and car showroom on Pelham Road into a large store for pre-loved furniture, electrical items and more. It is the second premises the hospice has leased in the town, and was officially opened by the Mayor, Councillor David Barton, who purchased a games console for his children.

He said: "Immingham is full of good people and while it's not a wealthy town, it is on the up. Regeneration has been ongoing for some time now, and this addition to what the town has to offer is very welcome. It's a very positive step. As more businesses come here, trade will increase. The town is growing and going forward and that's good news."

Simon Vicary, the hospice's head of retail, said: "Immingham is important to St Andrew's.

"It's a great place to have a presence in and we are very well supported by the residents. The generosity of the public means we've been able to make an investment back into the community, and a commitment to Immingham."

The existing St Andrew's shop, also in Pelham Road, has undergone a light refurbishment to make room for more fashionwear.

Shane Briggs is the manager of both stores and said: "We are very grateful for the support of Immingham residents, and I'm looking forward to welcoming them to the new store."

Nisha Driver and Fiona Lough were among the first customers through the doors.

Mrs Driver said: "St Andrew's is a wonderful and this is a great way to raise the profile of the local area. Our area overall can sometimes suffer from negativity, but it is a great place to live and work."

Brian and Susan Whawell, from East Halton, purchased a wooden trunk.

Mrs Whawell said: "We have travelled into Immingham specifically to visit the new shop. We are keen charity supporters and I'm very pleased with our purchase. It's going to go in the hall, probably, but I will need to clear a space for it first. I regularly shop at charity shops, including the other St Andrew's shop further along the road. I've made some good purchases, such as Waterford Crystal, at fantastic prices.

"There's nothing you can't find in a charity shop."

The shop is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm. St Andrew's now operates 14 shops throughout Lincolnshire, including a recently-opened gift and book store at the hospice in Peaks Lane, Grimsby. For details, visit www.standrewshospice.com

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