A second-hand furniture and goods store, which has raised money to help a mental health charity for around 20 years, has closed its doors.

Bits and Pieces, of Saunders Yard in King’s Lynn, ceased trading last Friday after a tough decision to close the social project.

As well as helping to raise much-needed funds for West Norfolk Mind, the store also operated as a social enterprise and supported service users back into work.

Eddie West-Burnham, chief executive officer of West Norfolk Mind, said; “This is a really sad day for the staff, service users and especially volunteers at Bits and Pieces. After a difficult couple of years, we have finally admitted that no matter how well-intentioned a project may be, and how valuable it is to the community, if the balance sheet doesn’t add up then it is time to call it a day.

“If it was all about the money, it would be much easier, however, our motivations are social rather than financial. It has been a very tough decision to close a project.

“Bits and Pieces has been a well-loved, respected and much- appreciated part of King’s Lynn shopping scene for many years. Over this period, we have invested much time, money, energy and belief in order to make it a success.”

Members of the public have been invited to the store for a one-day closing down sale on Wednesday, September 13, from 9am to 4pm.

Customers and those who have made donations over the years have  been thanked for their support.

Members of the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council have also been thanked and also staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment.

A statement on behalf of the charity said its shop at Cousins Court, Paradise Road in Downham Market, will remain open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm for bargain hunters who want to continue to support the charity.