Look out, Lord Sugar! NatWest St Albans are ‘hired’ for Rennie Grove Shop Wars initiative

PUBLISHED: 17:31 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:31 26 October 2018

The Shop Wars Victoria Street team. Picture: Rennie Grove Hospice

The Shop Wars Victoria Street team. Picture: Rennie Grove Hospice


A ‘Shop Wars’ challenge came to two St Albans based Rennie Grove shops recently when participants from NatWest banked on giving each other a run for their money.

The Shop Wars Fleetville team. Picture: Rennie Grove HospiceThe Shop Wars Fleetville team. Picture: Rennie Grove Hospice

The team-building and fun-filled fundraising event came to St Albans on Wednesday October 10 and was based on TV’s reality show The Apprentice, where competitors’ business skills are put to the test.

The two NatWest teams battled against one another in Rennie Grove’s Fleetville and Victoria Street shops.

They spent the day volunteering and competing to entice visitors with the high-quality pre-loved items they sourced from friends, relatives, colleagues and local businesses.

Both teams also pulled together fantastic raffle prizes which included Afternoon Tea at St Michael’s Manor Hotel, tickets for a St Albans City football match and tickets for the Alban Arena.

The Shop Wars Victoria Street team. Picture: Rennie Grove HospiceThe Shop Wars Victoria Street team. Picture: Rennie Grove Hospice

It was a very close battle but Team Victoria Street took the trophy after raising a brilliant £360, which was closely followed by Team Fleetville’s impressive effort of raising £320.

Unlike in true Apprentice-style there was no luxury outing for the winning team but instead the glory of having helped Rennie Grove Hospice Care raise vital funds towards care for local people with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Rob Storey, Relationship Director for NatWest and Team Victoria Street member said: “The whole team had a great day and were supported brilliantly by everyone at Rennie Grove.

“We were delighted to raise some money for the charity and help out in a small way towards their significant running costs

“The day itself was also a real boost for the morale of the team and I’d certainly recommend that any other companies in the local area consider doing something similar.”

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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