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Back for a second year, we are delighted to announce that the winner of the Community Chosen Charity Poll is Rennie Grove Hospice Care!
“We would like to thank everyone who voted for us, both current and new supporters. We cannot wait to work with one of St Albans’ largest community events in the summer and look forward to cheering the Rennie Grove team across the finish line!”
What does the charity do and how is it connected to St Albans?
Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides care and support for patients diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families. Every year through our 24/7 Hospice at Home service, our Family Support services and the range of Day Services at Grove House in St Albans we care for thousands of local patients and families, giving them the choice to stay at home surrounded by their families and friends.
Our 24/7 responsive hospice at home service is unique in the local area and provides first class care and peace of mind for patients and families who want to stay at home together. Our Day Services based at Grove House offer therapeutic care to help patients cope right from diagnosis. Through specialist assessments our skilled staff are able to offer advice, practical help and coping strategies, empowering patients to enhance their quality of life. All services are offered in a safe, supportive and social environment to keep patients well and comfortable and provide a support network for families.
How will the money raised from the event be used?
Rennie Grove’s service is based in the heart of the local community with care being provided in patients’ homes or at Grove House in St Albans. All our services are provided at no cost to our patients or families but Rennie Grove needs to raise £7.2 million every year to carry on caring. With only around 15% of this coming from the NHS, we are heavily reliant on the local community and fundraising events such as the St Albans Half Marathon to fund the remainder. Over more than 30 years, the charity has cared for many thousands of families in the St Albans area and the difference this care has made is summed up by one of our patients from St Albans:
“I know that Rennie Grove will be there whenever I need help. In the future this might mean I need to call them at 2am, if my condition deteriorates and I need to access their Hospice at Home service. I know they’ll be there for me no matter what and that brings such peace of mind.”
How can you join our team?
Run for Rennie Grove in this year’s St Albans Half Marathon and help us provide care for local families coping with cancer or other life-limiting illness. As our care is based around families, we would love to create a Rennie Grove Running Family for the event and we have some free places up for grabs. Please join us and enjoy a great sense of team spirit along with the other benefits of being part of our team:
- A Rennie Grove training vest (available from mid-Feb)
- A training and sponsorship guidance pack
- Access to a meet and greet marquee in the Runners’ Village
- Access to private Facebook group to share running tips and training progress with other Rennie Grove runners
In return all we ask is that you raise a minimum of just £50 which could fund two hours of specialist nursing care in a patient’s home helping to keep patients at home surrounded by their families.
If you fancy joining our team or would like to find out a little more information please contact Gemma on firstname.lastname@example.org Or call 01727 731028.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care described in three words?
Caring, supportive and local.