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Softcat volunteers leave charity purring with delight after shop rejig

Customers seeking a bargain at the High Heavens Household Recycling Centre could be left purring with delight – thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers from Softcat.

The Information Technology company from Marlow sent a team of five staff for a day to the High Wycombe centre to help reorganise the shop run on the site by South Bucks Hospice.

The aim was to change and modernise the layout, and to fit in a new electrical section full of second-hand televisions.

And their hard work was praised by the hospice, which said it has dramatically improved the layout of the popular shop. 

Nick Stacey, Operations and Retail Manager for the charity which helps people with life-limiting conditions, said: The aim of the day was to introduce an electrical sales area to allow the hospice to benefit from the sales of high-quality TV monitors and audio equipment that has been donated. To do this, the whole shop floor needed to be profiled, which would not have been possible in one day without the energy and hard work from the Softcat team.

Softcat lent a hand as part of its volunteering scheme in which staff can spend two working days volunteering for charities.

Laura Beeson, Sales team Leader at Softcat, said: Softcat have put a huge amount of effort into successfully raising money for our chosen charities, but we haven’t historically been hands-on in the community. When Softcat introduced paid charity work, allowing all staff two paid charity days each year, I was privileged to help organise and run the Marlow initiative to give back to the community and to allow our staff to see their impact first-hand. With 2800 plus days available across the business to dedicate to volunteering, the team of five at South Bucks Hospice thoroughly enjoyed working to turn the shop around, and it’s the first of many initiatives.

The Softcat team included Nikki Grouse, Josh Finch, Partick Rynne-Coleman, Callum Seth, and headed up by Jack Cameron.

The shop is open seven days a week at High Heavens in Clay Lane, Booker, and its opening times are the same as that of the household recycling centre. 

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