Rennie Grove Hospice Care threw its annual thank you party for the charity’s Hertfordshire volunteers on 20 July – this year at a new venue. Shendish Manor kindly donated the use of their sunning hotel set in 160 acres of parkland and formal gardens for the event. Volunteers from all areas of the charity’s work came together to enjoy platters of mixed cakes with tea or coffee, a mix of Jazz, Blues and Latin music with some 50s and 60s favourites from band ‘The Hot Club de Chesham’, plus a speech from actor Geoffrey Palmer OBE.
Several volunteers were presented with long service awards for five and 10 years of dedication and long-standing volunteer Peggy Bainbridge, recent recipient of a British Citizen Award and winner of the Charity Retail Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award, gave a speech about her role in launching Rennie Grove’s retail operation over 20 years ago.
Despite personal tragedy, Peggy had the inspiration, drive and energy to run a Friday morning market stall to raise funds. Selling mainly bric-a-brac, her first week’s profit was £77 and the next week £100. Her stall generated much-needed income and became well-known in the community as she continued to lobby for a ‘proper’ shop. Thanks to her persistence retail fundraising for Rennie Grove began in earnest with its first shop opening in 1993.