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How Wood shop celebrates its 1st birthday with the help of local resident and hospice user

25 February 2013

Kate Kimani and Tye

Now it's the turn of Keech's charity shop in How Wood, Park Street to celebrate its first birthday.

The shop was officially opened by The Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councilor Aislinn Lee on 2 March 2012 and has managed to raise over £70,000 throughout the year for the hospice.

The store, located at 18 How Wood, Park Street, has become a key part of the community with many people donating and visiting the shop with the money raised from the shop going directly to helping local families.

Three-year-old Tye Kimani is a Keech service user and one of these children that need help. The How wood shop is closest to him and his mother Kate, who visit the hospice on a regular basis.

Tye was born with a variety of difficulties including, Cerebral palsy, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, visual impairment and HIE (hypoxia ischemic encephalopathy). Tye has been attending Keech Hospice Care since 2011 after his doctors thought he may not make it. While at Keech he enjoys the hydrotherapy pool, massage and music therapy as well overnight stays which give his mum some respite.

Kate said: 'Keech is an amazing place and we love coming here. Having moved to England in 2009 from Kenya I don’t have any family here. The staff have become my family and give me all the support I need. Times can be really hard, especially when Tye is really sick and in hospital, but Keech don’t forget you and will call us just to make sure we are doing ok. Its so reassuring knowing that there are professionals who know exactly how to treat your child that will be there for you through thick and thin.'

'I don’t know what I would I have done without Keech and their support, I just hope that people continue to support the hospice at their shops. Spending time here I have met many families who have been helped throughout their child’s illness and then in bereavement and it’s so important that this service continues.'

Shop manager, Lisa Adams, said: 'It has been an incredible year and I would like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers and people who have contributed to the store. We really appreciate the support from the local community who have helped us care for local families. We have been truly embraced by the local community resulting us in being one of the busiest Keech shops in Hertfordshire.'

Donations to the shop can be made at any time during opening hours and all donors will be asked if they would gift aid their donations if they pay tax. 'If all our supporters Gift Aided their donations, we could have an additional £250,000 income a year which would allow us to help significantly more people,' Lisa added.

If you are donating goods to one of our shops, you can fill in a Gift Aid form at the shop or download a Gift Aid form and fill it in before you go.

If you want to help celebrate How Wood shop's birthday, please pop along for some birthday cake on Saturday 2 March.