Shoppers provide grand hospice boost
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.