Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Shop celebrates five years and record store re-opens

THE Helen and Douglas House charity shop in Henley celebrated its fifth birthday on Monday.

THE Helen and Douglas House charity shop in Henley celebrated its fifth birthday on Monday.

Volunteers at the Duke Street branch lit five candles on a chocolate cake to mark the occasion and decorated the store with balloons which they gave out to customers’ children.

The shop is one of 35 which raise funds for the Oxford hospice. The Henley branch has 36 volunteers, 10 of whom have worked there since it opened.

When the charity celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, the team visited the hospice to meet the founder Sister Frances Dominica.

Jean Hugill, who has managed the shop since 2010, said: “My job has been really easy thanks to my volunteers. They’ve been extremely helpful and willing to come in at any time or help new volunteers fit in.”

Volunteer Gay Peel, 66, of Badgemore, Henley, said: “I started here because I wanted to do something for the community. There are a lot of charity shops in Henley but this one means a lot to people because it benefits a local cause. It makes a big difference when you’re helping people who you might know or even bump into in the street.”

Helen and Douglas House cares for children and adults under 35 with terminal and life-shortening illnesses. It costs £5million a year to run, more than 80 per cent of which comes from donations.

Meanwhile, a record shop in Henley was officially re-opened on Saturday by Mike Hurst of The Springfields.

He played a rare copy of The First Cut Is the Deepest, a song he originally produced in 1967, at In The Groove in Reading Road.

Owner Andrew Tucker decided to rename and relocate the former Henley Records store to bigger premises nearer to the town centre. The new shop, which was previously Rugmark of Henley, is at least three times the size of the old one, also in Reading Road, and includes a café and working jukebox.

Mr Hurst, who lives at Park Corner, said: “It’s always nice to see my records tucked away at what at what I would call ridiculous prices.”

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