Margaret is an inspiration
MARGARET West from Princes Risborough is one of the longest serving volunteers at the Rennie Grove shop in her home town, one of our 21 charity shops across Bucks and Herts.
However, like so many of our 1,500 volunteers, Margaret’s involvement does not stop there.
On top of her weekly shifts in the shop, she has been working hard to raise additional funds and awareness for Rennie Grove.
Princes Risborough shop manager Annette Luck explains: “Margaret invests so much time, energy and effort in her support of Rennie Grove. We can make money from recycling rags, but we make more money by selling the items if we can.
“We don’t always have time to sort through and clean up the items that come in as ‘rags’, so Margaret has taken it on herself to rescue what she can and has sold several items of clothing, as well as baby equipment such as push chairs and high chairs that she has lovingly restored to their former glory. She’s managed to raise more than £250. We wouldn’t have made a fraction of that amount without her efforts.”
Margaret also raises valuable funds for our work by encouraging people to play the Hospice Lottery. This scheme raises more than £250,000 a year for Rennie Grove and Margaret plays her part in that. She runs a weekly keep fit class in the sheltered accommodation at Jasmine Crescent, in Princes Risborough, and instead of charging participants she asks them all to buy a lottery ticket.
Annette adds: “I attended one of her first classes and it was a real eye opener because I realised just how many other people in the local community she helps and supports while promoting Rennie Grove. She’s heavily involved with the church and, as an Avon lady, donates her commission to charities too.”
Margaret also hosts regular coffee ‘cutlery’ mornings where she gathers together volunteers to sort and clean donated cutlery over a cuppa.
“They regularly uncover silverware amongst all the stainless steel, which we can then sell in the shop or perhaps on our eBay store if it might fetch a higher price,” says Annette. “She also takes the opportunity to prime new recruits for the charity’s volunteer workforce!
“Everything she does is done with the charity in mind; she is constantly thinking how best to optimise income in order to benefit as many patients as possible. Without people like Margaret, we could never have helped the thousands of families who need us.
“She is an inspiration and a huge asset to Rennie Grove.”