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October 2020

The Friends of Danesbury and Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

As mentioned in last month’s article, on Saturday 1st August we held a Toy Sale in the area behind the shop. Everything was priced at £1 and we were delighted to raise £190 from the event.

On Tuesday 18 August the shop re-opened exactly 22 weeks after we were forced to shut it in March. Footfall in Welwyn village, generally, is still nowhere as high as it was before the pandemic started and sales in the shop have been slow to pick up. It has been encouraging, however, to be able to welcome some of our long-standing customers back into the shop and to catch up on village gossip.

This month the shop window (pictured below) has been decked out in an English Afternoon Tea theme, thanks, as always, to the efforts of Georgia Shaw and her husband.

October photo

This month our support for the hospitals has been in the form of 6 iPads, 4 for use by the Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis team to help them educate patients on exercises and drugs regimes. The other two are for use by patients to communicate with friends and family as visiting hours are still restricted.

The charity sector has been particularly impacted by the pandemic and we anticipate that it will be some while before we see a return to our normal levels of operation. We would like to assure all customers that we have carried out a detailed risk assessment, which can be found on our website, and have in place a revised set of operating procedures to ensure that your shopping experience with us is Covid-secure.

The shop is just one way that we raise funds for the work that we do. If you would like to make a direct donation, please go to the DONATIONS page on our website ( where you can read about the various options available.

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September 2020

August 2020