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TOUCHING TRIBUTES: Rickmansworth charity mourns after death of long-standing volunteer

 Published on: 10th April 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Rickmansworth-based community thrifting charity has expressed it’s sadness after one of their longest-lasting volunteers, Curtis Mitchell, recently passed away.

Curtis was a beloved figure at the 9 Lives workshop, based in Wharf Lane, where he volunteered two or three times a week for 18 years. Born in St. Lucia but a Watford resident for most of his life, he was described by the charity as a “real gentleman” and someone who “really enjoyed a good laugh.”

His love of fixing and replenishing items made out of wood resulted in some of the of charity’s showroom’s fastest ever sales, whether it be old tools or dining tables, with him often making bets with the manager, Marie, on how much money the pieces would raise for the charity.

Curtis was also willing to help out any new students and volunteers who needed it, teaching them exactly who to strip and varnish a new piece of furniture.

He was also someone who lived well, known for his brilliance at playing dominos and being a keen snooker player as well. His niece Harriet said of her uncle: “My uncle loved a joke and enjoyed life to the full, he will be sadly missed by all.”

The 9 Lives charity uses their thrift store to provided members of the community with refurbished second-hand furniture items that they might not be able to themselves. They also help those with learning disabilities by giving them jobs in the workshop.

They’re currently looking for donations of items, including furniture, clothing and books. To find out more, visit

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