Cintra Bainbridge, BCAv



Peggy Bainbridge BCAv receiving her Medal from Pat Egan, Group Exec Director of Affordable House, Places for People

Long-standing volunteer Cintra (known as Peggy) is entirely responsible for the creation of today’s Rennie Grove Hospice Care trading empire, which started from one small market stall in 1992 and today boasts 24 shops across its nursing areas of Buckingham and Hertfordshire raising over £2m per year.

The impact of Peggy’s vision and hours of voluntary work over nearly 25 years’ service and her ability to raise substantial income has significantly helped the charity. Enabling local patients to choose how and where they want to be cared for towards the end of their lives and to provide excellent palliative care.

Peggy now 85, having suffered her own life-threatening illness, continues to volunteer in a much less energetic role but still with the retail and trading team. Her loyalty and unswerving desire to support the charity is driven by knowing the difference the hospice and home nurses make.

Widowed in her 30’s and knowing very little of the charity at first, Peggy was aware that a small team of nurses were looking after terminally ill people in her community. Peggy had the inspiration drive and energy to run a Friday morning market stall and promised to make a profit, and she did. Selling mainly bric-a-brac her first week’s profit was £77 and the next £100. Increasingly determined that the charity should open a shop, Peggy approached the then CEO with a proposal. Today, over 850 volunteers now help the 24 shops based in local villages and communities where the charity nurses.
Nominated by: Susan Lewis