Mar­garet is an in­spi­ra­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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.”

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