13 October 2020

Sir Mike Penning visits our shops

Sir Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead, took time out of his busy schedule last week for a socially distanced visit to our charity shop in Henry Wells. The visit took place on Friday 9 October to mark national Hospice Care Week which ran from 5-11 October and aimed to raise awareness of what it takes to provide hospice care.

 Sir Mike Penning MP visits the Henry Wells shop

During his visit, Sir Mike met ​our Chief Executive, Stewart Marks; our Director of Retail and Trading, Deborah Gould; the shop's Retail Manager, Kim Ramdial and the volunteers working in the shop.

“This has been a really tough period for both retail and hospices in general,” said Sir Mike. “I know how reliant hospices are on their shops to bring in funding to provide essential services for local people, so it’s great to see that Rennie Grove’s shops are back up and running. It’s also reassuring to see all the precautions in place to keep customers and volunteers safe during this busy run up to Christmas and beyond.  

“I’ve worked with hospices for decades and I know how important their services are. This is a trying time, but it’s good to see volunteers helping out and customers shopping. Every hour they give and pound they spend will make a huge difference and help Rennie Grove continue to provide its vital care right here in our local community and I’d like to thank them all.”

Sir Mike Penning MP making a purchase in Rennie Grove hospice charity shop

Stewart Marks said: “We are very grateful to Sir Mike for coming to visit our shop. Hospice Care Week gives us a great opportunity to let everyone know just what it takes to provide our care. Whether it is volunteering, shopping in or donating to our shops or taking part in our fundraising activities, we would not be able to run our services without this vital support. I’d like to join Sir Mike in thanking everyone for everything they do to help us care for all the local families who need us.”