RENNIE GROVE HOSPICE
RENNIE Grove Hospice Care is launching a photo competition with a difference. The charity is asking people to capture local landmarks and easily recognisable features in towns across Bucks and Herts, six of which will be transformed into Christmas cards for 2017 by a specialist artist.
Director of retail at Rennie Grove Deborah Gould explains: “Sales of Christmas cards bring in enough to fund a nurse for 18 months. As we rely so much on members of our community to fund our service, we thought it would be a nice touch to feature pictures based on photos taken by them.”
Deborah adds: “You don’t have to be an amazing photographer to take part. We’re not looking for creative compositions or artistic angles – just the recognisable views, buildings or high streets that we all know and love – and that you think other local people will want to see on a Christmas card.”
The best-selling scenes in 2016 were St Albans’ Cathedral and the duck pond surrounded by shops in Chalfont St Giles.
An artist will use the winning photos as the basis for a painting of that same scene, adding festive touches and other details. If your photo is chosen, your name will be printed on the back of each card featuring the painting based on your shot.
Photos can be taken on phones or cameras and should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on Friday February 17.
A panel of judges will select six photos at the end of February. Visit www.renniegrove.org/ cardcomp for full details.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care is teaming up with local solicitors during February for ‘Make Your Will Month’.
Participating solicitors waive their normal fee for a standard will-writing service in return for a donation to the charity.
Director of fundraising and marketing at Rennie Grove, Gillian Barnett, explains: “We’re delighted that a dozen solicitors across Herts and Bucks have signed up to our annual scheme. Their generosity means it won’t cost you any more to make or update an existing will in February – but the big bonus is that local patients and families will benefit.”
Having a will is the only way to ensure your estate is distributed the way you wish when you die.
If you die without a will, then predetermined laws govern who gets what, with no guarantee that your loved ones will receive what you intended.
Making a will means you can decide and dictate who receives what. It will make things that little bit easier for those you leave behind: they’ll be looked after and they can carry out your wishes confident it’s what you wanted. Gillian adds: “Our suggested donation (£99 for a single will, £195 for a pair of wills) is less than most solicitors’ fees for a standard will-writing service so this campaign really does offer a great opportunity to make these all-important arrangements.”
To find out more about Make Your Will Month and a list of participating solicitors visit www.renniegrove.org/makeyourwill or call 01442 890222.
Book now for appointments during February.