Rais­ing a cuppa for hospice ap­peal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

NEARLY £1,500 was raised at the an­nual Rennie Grove Hospice Care fundrais­ing tea re­cently, which was held at The Cape, Bea­cons­field.

57 peo­ple were at the event, which was held for the third year run­ning, and pro­ceeds went to the charity. Raf­fle prizes drawn by Gabby Lo­gan were from Har­ing­tons hair sa­lon, Space NK, Se­cret Gar­den florist and the Tea Brew Co. The Mayor of Bea­cons­field, Pa­trick Ho­gan, has cho­sen two char­i­ties to sup­port dur­ing his ten­ure one of which is Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Vol­un­teers’ Week runs from June 1 to 12 and is a chance for char­i­ties across the coun­try to thank their loyal vol­un­teers.

Vol­un­teer ser­vices man­ager at Rennie Grove Jane Car­ruthers, said: “Our vol­un­teers save us at least £1.5 mil­lion ev­ery year. We can never thank them enough for their sup­port; quite sim­ply we couldn’t run the or­gan­i­sa­tion without them. We’re de­lighted to have this of­fi­cial week in which to recog­nise their fan­tas­tic con­tri­bu­tion to our cause.”

Dur­ing the 12-day pe­riod, se­nior staff and trustees from Rennie Grove will be vis­it­ing the charity’s 24 shops and four of­fice bases to say thank you in per­son.

Staff mem­bers have also put to­gether a video mon­tage of col­leagues thank­ing their vol­un­tary coun­ter­parts and em­pha­sis­ing the value of their con­tri­bu­tion with a We Love Vol­un­teers theme, which will also be re­flected in the charity’s 24 shop win­dows. Mrs Car­ruthers added: “Vol­un­teers help us in all ar­eas of the charity’s work: in pa­tient-fac­ing roles like coun­selling, com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies and roles re­lat­ing to our day hospice. More than 700 peo­ple vol­un­teer in our re­tail op­er­a­tion: in our shops, on our ebay store, test­ing elec­tri­cal items, driv­ing vans to stock our shops. And many more sup­port us in cru­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive roles behind the scenes, us­ing their skills to help our fi­nance, fundrais­ing and HR de­part­ments run smoothly and ef­fi­ciently.”

Vol­un­teer­ing goes far be­yond the nor­mal work­ing week of course.

Shop vol­un­teers en­sure ev­ery Rennie Grove shop can also open on Satur­days and each year hun­dreds of peo­ple help out in vi­tal roles like reg­is­tra­tion and mar­shalling at Rennie

Chris­tine Mal­lan with Jo Seeby Cllr Pa­trick Ho­gan the Mayor of Bea­cons­field and Mark Seeby

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