Relate Mid Thames & Buckinghamshire (MTB) has had the Relate Charity Shop for 4 years to raise money for the Bursary Funding Scheme – this has enabled people to access high quality, professional relationship counselling regardless of whether they can afford the fee. The shop will be sadly be opening its doors for the last time on Friday 5th January in the new year due to the demolishment of the Colonnade part of the Chapel Arches redevelopment.
But more than that, Fiona Greenfield, Centre Director, says it has become ‘a real community hub’ with people knowing they can drop in for a chat with Chris and to fuss Gracie, as well as picking up a bargain. The shop has gained a strong reputation as a ‘quirky, vintage-style boutique’.
Fiona wants to say a public thank you to Chris and Gracie (her dog), not just for the amount of money they have raised through their hard work and dedication, but also for acting as fantastic ambassadors for Relate MTB in the community. Also a massive thank you to all our loyal customers and for the amazingly kind donations over these past 4 years making it the shop that is today.
Fiona says: “The town is going to be the poorer for not having Chris and Gracie, the Relate MTB shop and all the charity shops that make such a difference to our community above and beyond the money they raise. It has become a real community hub where everyone can call in and it’s such a shame that there isn’t a way that very low rent shops can be provided without having to rely on the goodwill of developers which means charity shops can have a very uncertain, short term future.”