Shop­pers pro­vide grand hospice boost

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SHOP­PERS helped raise more than £1,100 for a hospice when they went to a sum­mer fair.

Staff from Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care re­cently vis­ited Mis­senden Abbey Con­fer­ence Cen­tre to col­lect a cheque for £1,172 from the pro­ceeds raised at this year’s sum­mer fair and craft mar­ket.

Ren­nie Grove’s di­rec­tor of fundrais­ing and mar­ket­ing Gil­lian Bar­nett said: “We were de­lighted to be the cho­sen char­ity for Mis­sendenAbbey’spop­u­lar an­nual event. It gave us an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness of our ser­vice to a whole new au­di­ence and to mark our 30-year mile­stone at a beau­ti­ful venue in the heart of the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.

“It was poignant to re­visit Mis­senden Abbey, which is owned­byBuck­ing­hamshire New Univer­sity, as we start Novem­ber, be­cause that’s a time of re­mem­brance for ev­ery­one,an­dan­im­por­tant part of our 30th an­niver­sary is re­mem­ber­ing the peo­ple we have been priv­i­leged to sup­port over the past three decades.”

Vis­i­tors to the sum­mer fair blew bub­bles in mem­ory of loved ones and lis­tened to a poem en­ti­tled 30 Years of Care, writ­ten and read by Ren­nie Grove’s clin­i­cal lead for pa­tient and fam­ily ser­vices Fiona Word­ley.

Ms Bar­nett added: “As well as re­mem­ber­ing the past 30 years, we’re look­ing ahead to the next 30 years.

“We an­tic­i­pate an in­creased de­mand for our ser­vice be­cause the num­ber of over-75s is pre­dicted to dou­ble dur­ing that time. We saw a nine per cent in­crease in hospice at home pa­tients last year and as treat­ments op­tions im­prove and peo­ple live longer, we ex­pect that rate of in­crease to ac­cel­er­ate. We’ll be more re­liant than ever on the gen­eros­ity of the com­mu­nity to keep fund­ing our unique 24/7 re­spon­sive ser­vice.”

Mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Mis­senden Abbey Katie Shrives said: “The day was such a suc­cess and we feel so proud to have raised money and aware­ness for such an im­por­tant cause that is close to so many peo­ple’s hearts.”

The money raised at the sum­mer fair will fund nearly 60 hours of spe­cial­ist care in pa­tients’ homes.

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