St Luke’s: The charity shop sideboard with a special secret Christmas message

A secret note left in a piece of furniture donated to St Luke’s Hospice delivers a special Christmas message for the next owner.

By diana stannard
Thursday, 9th December 2021, 12:24 pm

The 1950s sideboard was donated to the St Luke’s furniture shop in Crookes and when staff opened the drawers they found a letter that told a story dating back to 1955.

The note, signed only with the name Petra, explains how the sideboard was bought by the donor’s parents when they married on Christmas Eve that year and that it had since been loved, used and cherished for almost 60 years.

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This St Luke’s sideboard shares a special family history with the prospective future owner

“It has stood the test of time, having displayed vases of flowers from family weddings, engagements, birthdays, Mothers’ Days and lastly, of course, funerals,” the note says.

“Its cupboards have help board games that were mine as a child and then games and toys from my two sons.

“It has stored my hairdryer and I have stood in front of it and dried my hair on my wedding day and nights out, memories that are all parts of its history.

“It now needs a new lease of life – you may choose to leave it as it is and that’s fine or you may choose to renovate it and again that’s fine too.

“Either way it deserves a new chapter in its life and a new history – I hope it serves you well and brings you your own memories.”

Janine George of the St Luke’s Crookes retail team, said she had been surprised and delighted to find the note.

“We don’t very often get to hear the full story of a piece of furniture so Petra’s words were very special to us and very moving too.

“We currently have the sideboard on sale in the shop and will definitely be including the note for whoever decides to buy it.

“It’s a simple piece of mid century furniture but it’s clear from Petra’s words that it has been central to one family’s life and it’s lovely to think she now wants it to do the same for somebody else.

“I’m so hoping it goes to a good home and gets looked after in the same way this ladies family looked after it.”

The St Luke’s Crookes furniture shop is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm.

To find out more about the full chain of St Luke’s shops across the city or how to donate items simply visit