Co-founder of hos­pice given birth­day MBE

Moira Ren­nie is awarded an hon­our

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By An­drew Jack­son an­drew.jack­son@trin­i­tymir­

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

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