Help us to carry on car­ing for the 3,000 pa­tients and fam­i­lies

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

REN­NIE Grove Hospice Care is look­ing for more peo­ple to join their team and help in their char­ity shops.

Vol­un­teer Ali­son Bick­er­ton, who re­cently cel­e­brated 20 years of vol­un­teer­ing with Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care, cur­rently helps in one of the char­ity’s 20 shops. She de­cided to help with the char­ity when her chil­dren were both at sec­ondary school and wanted to do some­thing to fill her spare time.

She ex­plains: “I like vol­un­teer­ing at the shop as I am a real peo­ple per­son and love talk­ing to cus­tomers. I have re­ally got to know some of the reg­u­lars over the years and it is al­ways nice to see them. Other peo­ple pre­fer to help in the back of the shop pric­ing items and sort­ing through the stock. It is great that you can choose a role you feel com­fort­able with.

“I also find the work re­ally in­ter­est­ing as the char­ity keeps us in­formed about what they do and I love find­ing out new things. At one staff meet­ing a Hospice at Home nurse came to talk to us to give a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the work they do.

“The an­nual vol­un­teers’ party is also re­ally good fun and it is nice that the work of the vol­un­teers is recog­nised. It makes us feel that what we do is ap­pre­ci­ated and helps us to see how our work con­trib­utes to the char­ity over­all.

“I would say to any­one with a few hours to spare that it is def­i­nitely worth vol­un­teer­ing, go for it and you will make lots of friends, learn new things and even have fun.”

The Ren­nie Grove Re­tail Team is tasked with rais­ing £2.2mil­lion this year to en­sure that the char­ity can carry on car­ing for 3,000 lo­cal pa­tients and fam­i­lies.

Thanks to the support of the lo­cal com­mu­nity which do­nates about 650 bags of items ev­ery day and the ded­i­ca­tion of a large team of vol­un­teers, the shops have the sec­ond high­est profit mar­gin for UK hos­pices char­ity shop chains at 45.5 per cent.

Deb­o­rah Gould, area man­ager, said: “Our won­der­ful vol­un­teers like Ali­son help make our shops the suc­cess that they are. We are re­ally keen to hear from any­one who would like to join our team and help in one of the shops. You don’t have to give a min­i­mum amount of time or even com­mit to spe­cific days as it would be help­ful for us to have peo­ple we could call on to help dur­ing hol­i­day times or at busy times such as Christ­mas.”

If you are in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care please con­tact the Ren­nie Grove Vol­un­teer Ser­vices Team on 01442 890 222 or email vol­un­teer@ren­niegrove. org or visit www.ren­niegrove. org/vol­un­teer.

I would say to any­one with a few

hours to spare that it is def­i­nitely worth vol­un­teer­ing, go for it and you will make lots of friends, learn new things and even

have fun”

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