Char­ity shops our ‘shop win­dows’ to the world

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SPE­CIAL­IS­ING in hos­pice at home care means we don’t have a hos­pice build­ing in Bucks – and so our char­ity shops are lit­er­ally our ‘shop win­dows’.

You may have seen dif­fer­ent dis­plays in your lo­cal Ren­nie Grove shop, per­haps pro­mot­ing a forth­com­ing fundrais­ing event or how your pur­chases help fund our spe­cial­ist nurses.

Dur­ing the sec­ond half of Septem­ber, the Ren­nie Grove re­tail team will be pub­li­cis­ing the mile­stone mark­ing 30 years of care.

Our shop win­dows will re­flect the three decades of care car­ried out by the char­i­ties that came to­gether to form Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care.

Since 1985, tens of thou­sands of fam­i­lies have ben­e­fited from our 24/7 re­spon­sive ser­vice and our Hos­pice at Home nurses feel priv­i­leged to have been able to help so many peo­ple fac­ing can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­ness.

It’s a sad fact that an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple will need this ser­vice as an age­ing pop­u­la­tion

JOIN THE TEAM: The char­ity shop in Bea­cons­field is one of many across South Bucks lives longer with im­proved treat­ment op­tions but of­ten mul­ti­ple life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions.

Our shops con­tinue to play a key role in fund­ing that ser­vice, bring­ing in more than £2mil­lion ev­ery year. Thanks to loyal cus­tomers, gen­er­ous donors and hun­dreds of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, our shops re­main some of the most prof­itable amongst UK hos­pices.

With two new shops in south Bucks – one in Farn­ham Com­mon open for busi­ness from early Septem­ber and one in Chal­font St Peter due to open in early Oc­to­ber – we are on a big re­cruit­ment drive to main­tain that prof­itabil­ity.

We’re seek­ing vol­un­teers who could com­mit to one half day per week at ei­ther store – or at one of our more es­tab­lished shops in south Bucks – sup­port­ing the man­ager and as­sis­tant man­ager with sort­ing through do­na­tions, tag­ging and dis­play­ing items and serv­ing cus­tomers.

Not only would you be join­ing a friendly, hard­work­ing team in a so­cia­ble and var­ied role, you’d also be mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to hun­dreds of lo­cal fam­i­lies. It’s cru­cial that we max­imise our in­come by open­ing our shops six days a week and vol­un­teers are in­te­gral to achiev­ing this. Please help us if you can.

Visit www.ren­niegrove. org/vol­un­teer or call into your lo­cal shop to find out more.

With shops in Bea­cons­field, Bourne End, Chal­font St Giles, Chal­font St Peter, Down­ley, Flack­well Heath, Holmer Green, Lit­tle Chal­font, Princes Ris­bor­ough and Wen­dover – as well as a fur­ther five shops in Hert­ford­shire – we have the op­por­tu­ni­ties if you have the time.

Help se­cure the fu­ture of hos­pice at home care in your lo­cal com­mu­nity and pave the way for the next 30 years of care.

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