Raising a cuppa for hospice appeal
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