A Friend in need is a Friend in­deed for hos­pice fundraiser

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COM­MU­NITY -

WE HAVE re­cently launched a new scheme en­cour­ag­ing sup­port­ers to be­come a Friend of the char­ity by mak­ing a reg­u­lar gift from as lit­tle as £3 a month and are hop­ing more and more peo­ple will sup­port this ini­tia­tive.

Ren­nie Grove of­fers a life­line for lo­cal pa­tients and their fam­i­lies learn­ing to live with life-lim­it­ing ill­ness so that they can live in­de­pen­dently at home for as long as pos­si­ble. The char­ity re­lies on the gen­eros­ity of sup­port­ers to fund more than 85 per cent of its an­nual £6.5 mil­lion in­come.

Gil­lian Bar­nett, di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing, ex­plains: “As the de­mand for our nurs­ing ser­vice rapidly in­creases we need your help now more than ever to en­sure we can con­tinue pro­vid­ing in­valu­able care to pa­tients in the area.

“This year we’re proud to mark the mile­stone of pro­vid­ing 30 years of care to pa­tients liv­ing with a life­lim­it­ing ill­ness across Herts and Bucks.

“By be­com­ing a Friend of Ren­nie Grove you will join a group of ex­cep­tional peo­ple who are help­ing to en­sure that we can carry on help­ing pa­tients who ur­gently need our care to­day and into the next 30 years.”

Ju­dith has been mak­ing a reg­u­lar gift for the past 18 months and ex­plains why she has cho­sen to be­come a Friend of Ren­nie Grove.

She said: “Ev­ery­one knows some­body who’s been af­fected by can­cer or ter­mi­nal ill­ness and a num­ber of my friends have ei­ther used Ren­nie Grove or their fam­ily have.

“This has re­ally brought it home to me how im­por­tant it is to keep these ser­vices go­ing.

“So by set­ting up a di­rect debit, I know I’m help­ing to keep them avail­able should any­one I care about ever need them.”

Ren­nie Grove Hos­pice Care pro­vides care to more than 3,000 pa­tients and fam­i­lies ev­ery year through its 24-hour re­spon­sive Hos­pice at Home nurs­ing ser­vice, day ser­vices at Grove House and fam­ily sup­port ser­vices.

Gil­lian adds: “Whether you’ve been touched by our nurs­ing ser­vice or you be­lieve it’s im­por­tant to en­sure hos­pice care ser­vices re­main avail­able in your area, a reg­u­lar gift is one of the best ways to sup­port us.

“Your gift can pro­vide a reg­u­lar source of in­come, help­ing us plan for the fu­ture with con­fi­dence so that we can meet the ever-in­creas­ing de­mand for our ser­vice.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the fundrais­ing team on 01442 890 222 or email fundrais­ing@ren­niegrove.org.

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