Rennie Grove Hospice Care has relocated its Retail and Trading operation, previously in Tring, to new premises in Berkhamsted in a move designed to save costs.
On Thursday 8 September at 11am, Tring’s award-winning Peggy Bainbridge officially declared the new Northbridge Road premises open. In honour of Peggy’s crucial role in the formation of the charity’s retail operation over 20 years ago, for which she recently received a British Citizen Award and Charity Retail Association Volunteer Award, the premises have been named ‘Bainbridge House’.
Peggy said: “I’m delighted to be here and to be a part of it. The building is lovely and it’s a huge privilege to have it named after me. I feel very valued as a volunteer; the charity looks after their volunteers and I hope to stick around. There’s a huge pressure to raise more funds through our retail initiatives but it’s in safe hands and I hope this new base will enable the team to meet their rising targets in order to help the increasing number of patients who need the charity’s service.”
Acting as a central hub for Rennie Grove’s chain of 24 charity shops across Herts and Bucks, the Retail and Trading team hope that the move will allow it to continue to expand, both in terms of manging additional shops and growing its already successful ebay operation. Deborah Gould, Director of Retail & Trading at Rennie Grove Hospice Care explains:
“Although the charity’s Retail and Trading operation has been based in Tring for many years, when our rent rose significantly, we had to review the situation and look for a cost-effective solution. Our new premises will not only save us money, but also offer us space to expand over the next ten years.”
Rennie Grove’s Retail and Trading team raise over £2 million every year to help fund the cost of the charity’s services to support people diagnosed with cancer or other life-limiting illness.
“Last year we increased the number of shops we have from 20 to 24,” continued Deborah “and it is our plan to carry on expanding so that our shops are evenly spread throughout our nursing area, giving people more opportunity to support the charity providing hospice at home care for people in their own homes across their local community.”
The Retail and Trading operation relies heavily on volunteers throughout the shops and in its office and the team has held Open Days for volunteers, new and old, at the new premises in September. Deborah said:
We’re very excited about the move and delighted that so many of our fantastic volunteers have chosen to come with us. We hope they will enjoy working in our new, improved environment. We’ll definitely be looking for new volunteers too as our operations expand, and we’d love anyone who might be interested to get in touch with us.”
To find out more about volunteering for Rennie Grove: www.renniegrove.org/volunteer.
- Rennie Grove’s Tring shop at 16 High Street will be closed for two weeks from 5pm on Saturday 10 September for essential maintenance work. The charity’s pop-up shop at 10 Akeman Street will take over trading during that fortnight, opening from 9am till 5pm Monday to Saturday from 12 to 24 September. The High Street shop will open its doors again on Monday 26 September at 9am.