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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 card­comp@ren­ be­fore 5pm on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 17.

A panel of judges will se­lect six pho­tos at the end of Fe­bru­ary. Visit­ 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 visit­­our­will or call 01442 890222.

Book now for ap­point­ments dur­ing Fe­bru­ary.

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