Hospice fundraiser three times the fun

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

REN­NIE Grove Hospice Care’s RAF Hal­ton Triathlon event is back on July 31 this year, with an ad­di­tional Duathlon op­tion for those who would pre­fer to avoid the swim­ming.

Gemma Jones is tak­ing part in the Su­per Sprint Triathlon, con­sist­ing of a 300m swim, 23km cy­cle and 5km run.

She said: “I de­cided to do the sprint triathlon for Ren­nie Grove to try and give some­thing back. I lost my amaz­ing dad in Oc­to­ber 2008 to lung cancer and he was only 53.

The Ren­nie Grove nurses pro­vided hospice at home care, al­low­ing my dad to die at home sur­rounded by his fam­ily as he wanted.

“As a Buck­ing­hamshire res­i­dent, I think we’re so lucky to have Ren­nie Grove and un­less they’ve touched your life you do not re­alise the amaz­ing work that they do.”

Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care pro­vides pa­tients from Bucks and Herts with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses, pal­lia­tive and end-of-life care based around them and their fam­i­lies.

This free ser­vice is pro­vided to pa­tients on a 24/7 re­spon­sive ba­sis, and also in­cludes be­reave­ment coun­selling for fam­i­lies af­ter the pa­tient has died.

Gemma said: “The Ren­nie Grove nurses were never in­tru­sive and our fam­ily home never at any stage be­came a clin­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

“They were there to sup­port not only my dad, but my mum, brother and me if we needed them.

“Even af­ter my dad lost his bat­tle the Ren­nie Grove team were still there sup­port­ing our fam­ily through the dark­ness of los­ing that ir­re­place­able per­son in your life.

“The reg­u­lar nurses that sup­ported us at­tended my dad’s fu­neral and the con­tin­ued sup­port through be­reave­ment coun­selling was ac­ces­si­ble for as long as we needed it.”

The char­ity’s an­nual run­ning costs are £7.2mil­lion and con­tinue to rise as more and more pa­tients are re­ferred.

Ren­nie Grove re­lies on the sup­port of peo­ple like Gemma for 84 per cent of its fund­ing.

Gemma, from Wooburn Moor, added: “While I’m ab­so­lutely pet­ri­fied about the up­com­ing triathlon, if it helps to sup­port the work that the whole of the Ren­nie Grove team do, I’d do it ev­ery month as they have made a per­ma­nent im­pres­sion on me and my fam­ily’s lives.

She is hop­ing to raise £500 and the com­pany she works for has said they will dou­ble what she raises up to £1,000.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the RAF Hal­ton Triathlon and Duathlon event visit www. ren­niegrove.org/ rafhal­ton­tri.

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