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Charity gets creative to fuel Innovation

Press Release: November 11, 2018

The UK’s oldest hospice has embraced a very modern solution to creative thinking and team-building thanks to one of London’s top escape room venues.

Staff from Royal Trinity Hospice’s retail department took part in a day playing and creating games with escape room experts Modern Fables. The plan: amongst all this fun, some serious lessons would be learned that would ultimately empower the team to raise even more money through the hospice’s shops.

London-based Trinity is the only hospice providing free, compassionate care to patients with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and their families across south west and central London. Supporting over 2,300 patients every year, Trinity receives around one quarter of its funding from the NHS. Additional funds are generated from fundraising and its 29 charity shops, which last year brought in over £4.5 million.

During the workshop, which was attended by Trinity’s retail management team, participants went through the process of creating simple games which required systematic working; creative problem-solving; and working together as a team.

David Brinson, Head of Retail at Royal Trinity Hospice, said: “When the team at Modern Fables approached us with a workshop aimed at developing our creative problem-solving skills, it sounded like a great opportunity for our team’s development.

“With 29 Trinity shops to operate and every pound we raise from selling goods helping to fund Trinity’s free care, it’s vital that our team works well as a unit and has the tools to come up with creative and innovative solutions to some of the challenges unique to a charity retailer.

“We had no idea what Modern Fables had in store for us. All 15 of us were new to escape rooms and games, but the Modern Fables team’s passion is contagious.

“Being put into teams with colleagues from different departments made us see aspects of the charity, our jobs and personalities that we hadn’t observed before. The session was an excellent way to enhance communication and creativity within our team - and all while genuinely having fun. Definitely recommended!”

Jay also says: “It’s great to be able to spread the use of games as a tool for innovation in the workplace. And it’s even more exciting to be supporting Royal Trinity Hospice in such important work.”

Donations can be easily made to Royal Trinity Hospice at www.royaltrinityhospice.london. Contact [email protected] for more information on creative workshops tailored to corporate needs.

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