Co-founder of hospice given birthday MBE
Moira Rennie is awarded an honour
CO-PRESIDENT of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Moira Rennie, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
As the wife of Iain Rennie, the very first patient of one of the charities that came together to form Rennie Grove, Moira played a major role in setting up the co-founding organisation 30 years ago and has maintained a close involvement ever since.
Sue Varvel, who has worked at Rennie Grove for over 20 years, initially as a nurse and now as director of nursing, explained: “In those three decades, our ethos has always remained the same: providing 24-hour responsive care to give patients diagnosed with cancer or other lifelimiting illness the choice to be cared for at home, surrounded by their families the way Iain was in 1985.”
Moira, who received the award for services to patients with life-limiting illness, said: “This award pays tribute to the vision, nursing expertise and wonderful support given over the past 30 years to over 14,000 patients and their families in the Chilterns. I am so overwhelmed but also very pleased to accept this on behalf of the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home nurses, staff and volunteers.
“Today this great work continues and we are always amazed by the generosity of people in fundraising and for giving their time, which enables Rennie Grove Hospice Care to go forward into the future.”
Rennie Grove chief executive Jenny Provin, concluded: “We are so delighted that Moira has had this official recognition for the pivotal part she has played in giving thousands of patients the choice to be cared for at home.”
Rennie Grove now cares for around 3,000 patients and families each year across the Chilterns, Dacorum and West Herts. The charity expects this figure to rise as an aging population lives longer, potentially with multiple life-limiting conditions.
‘OVERHWELMED’: Moira Rennie, co-president of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, has been awarded an MBE