Celebrating three successful years of trading at hospice charity shop

Shop manager Sue Lincoln with volunteer Jim Turbayne PNL-150409-160305001
Shop manager Sue Lincoln with volunteer Jim Turbayne PNL-150409-160305001

Special feature by Rennie Grove communications officer gemma baxter

Happy third birthday to our Wendover shop.

Rennie Grove Hospice Care has 22 charity shops across Bucks and Herts.

Thanks to your generous donations, valued custom and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the shops remain some of the most profitable among UK hospices and bring in more than £2 million towards our services each year.

Our charity shop on Wendover High Street has just celebrated three successful years of trading, after opening its doors on September 7, 2012.

Sue Lincoln, who took on the role of manager there in July, said: “The local community has been so welcoming and I’m really excited about building new relationships in the future so we can continue to raise vital funds to support our nurses.

“I’m very passionate about ensuring that local families are able to receive the right care and support when faced with cancer or another life-limiting illness and, with the support of the local community, I know we can help make this happen.”

Sue is always on the look-out for good-quality items to sell and welcomes donations at the shop. She’s also seeking volunteers to join her friendly team.

Sue said: “If you have a few spare hours on your hands each week, please do call into the shop and I can let you know what’s involved.”

Wendover resident Jim Turbayne has volunteered at the shop for the past year.

He enjoys it so much that he works there four days a week, although the usual level of commitment we request from volunteers is one half day per week.

Jim said: “On our shop’s third – and Rennie Grove’s 30th – anniversary, I’d like to thank all our customers, especially the regulars (you know who you are!) for making my volunteering so enjoyable.

“We try to create an easy, friendly atmosphere so people are welcome to come in for a chat and a browse without pressure to buy.

“Also the people I work with are pleasant and good fun to be with. It’s a real joy to volunteer here after my very troubled life.

“Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a very worthy cause: looking after people who need palliative care in their homes, so we are very grateful to all those kind people who donate goods. We can never get enough and even take textiles for recycling.

“Your contributions enable us to care for local people who need our services. So please pop in and see us sometime. You would be most welcome.”

Our Wendover shop is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Find out more at www.renniegrove.org/shop