19 October 2018

Look out, Lord Sugar! NatWest St Albans are ‘hired’ for Shop Wars

 A ‘Shop Wars’ challenge came to two St Albans based Rennie Grove shops recently when participants from NatWest banked on giving each other a run for their money.

Shop Wars Fleetville team

The team-building and fun-filled fundraising event came to St Albans on Wednesday 10 October and was based on TV’s reality show The Apprentice, where competitors’ business skills are put to the test.

The two NatWest teams battled against one another in Rennie Grove’s Fleetville and Victoria Street shops. They spent the day volunteering and competing to entice visitors with the high-quality pre-loved items they sourced from friends, relatives, colleagues and local businesses.

Shop Wars Victoria St team

Both teams also pulled together fantastic raffle prizes which included Afternoon Tea at St Michael’s Manor Hotel, tickets for a St Albans City football match and tickets for the Alban Arena.

It was a very close battle but Team Victoria Street took the trophy after raising a brilliant £360, which was closely followed by Team Fleetville’s impressive effort of raising £320. 

Unlike in true Apprentice-style there was no luxury outing for the winning team but instead the glory of having helped Rennie Grove Hospice Care raise vital funds towards care for local people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Rob Storey, Relationship Director for NatWest and Team Victoria Street member said: “The whole team had a great day and were supported brilliantly by everyone at Rennie Grove.

“We were delighted to raise some money for the charity and help out in a small way towards their significant running costs. The day itself was also a real boost for the morale of the team and I’d certainly recommend that any other companies in the local area consider doing something similar.”

“We’re delighted that NatWest chose Rennie Grove to host its Shop Wars,” said Rosalind Lee, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rennie Grove.

“It was great fun seeing how enthusiastic would-be entrepreneurs from NatWest unlocked their hidden management, leadership and sales skills to raise vital funds for Rennie Grove. We feel very grateful for all the energy and commitment they put in for Rennie Grove and our local patients and families.”

To find out more about a range of different ways that businesses can support Rennie Grove Hospice Care, please click here or email the Corporate Team at corporate@renniegrove.org.