It is currently Hospice Care Week - a chance to celebrate the excellent work being done by hospices nationwide, to ensure everyone can benefits from the best end of life care. All hospices rely heavily on funding from the local community, so it was good to visit two of their shops today.
The Rennie Grove Hospice shop in Bedgrove has been open for more than 5 years, with a popular vintage clothing section opening more recently. It’s proved very successful raising funds and is always looking for more staff and volunteers – if you’re interested just pop in and ask to chat to the manager.
I then headed over to Aylesbury High Street to visit one of Florence Nightingale Hospice’s shops. 2023 marks 30 years since Florence Nightingale opened its first charity shop in our town. In the last financial year alone, 31 volunteers have contributed 5000 hours for free, serving 20,000 customers and saving 16 tonnes of clothes and other items from landfill. I was pleased to be able to thank you for their great work raising much needed funds for the hospice, which is the only bedded unit in Buckinghamshire.
Both charities now have their Christmas ranges on sale in store and online.