30 Year Timeline

Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and Grove House both started from humble beginnings in 1985. The two charities merged in 2011 and now care for more than 3,000 patients and families affected by life-limiting illness every year. Below are some of the key events in our 30 year history

Iain Rennie Hospice at Home Grove House
1985: In May, 5 nurses care for Iain Rennie in his own home1985: Official launch of the Hospice Care Team in St Albans in January as first Macmillan nurse is appointed1985: A separate charity, the Cancer Support Group, also in the early stages of development
1985: Iain Rennie Hospice at Home is born in August and based in Beaconsfield1987: Bereavement Care Service opens, associated with, but not exclusive to, the Hospice Care Team
1988: Nurses split into 2 teams, North & South1988: First Day Care Group is set up at the United Reform Church Hall in St Albans
1992: South team nurses move to Cedar Barn in Hazlemere; North team nurses move to Pitstone 1989: Research begins into looking for a place to bring all these services together
1993: First IRHH charity shop opens in Tring1991: Vision for local hospice care developed
1994: 3 nursing teams formed as patient caseload increases1992: Lord Robert Runcie launches £1million appeal for new hospice building
1995: A 4th adult nursing team is added plus a paediatric team funded by Pepper Foundation1992: Dr Mary Groves retires as a GP to give more time as Medical Director of the Hospice Care Team
1997: Director of Nursing post introduced1994: First patients begin to use Macmillan Runcie Day Hospice, running on 4 busy days by November, and officially opened by the Duchess of Kent
2000: North nursing teams and admin support move to Tring1998: Innovative 'Cancer the Next Step' is introduced
2003: South nursing teams moves to Gillian King House in Chalfont St Giles 1999: Service review sees addition of outpatient services and re-naming the building Grove House in honour of Dr Mary Groves
2009: Clinical integration with Grove House in St Albans2004: Becomes a full charity as Macmillan funding ceases
2010: 10,000th patient cared for2009: Clinical integration with Iain Rennie Hospice at Home
2011: Merger with Grove House to become Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care2009: Duke of Gloucester opens building extension and launches the new Hospice at Home service
2011: Merger with Iain Rennie Hospice at Home to become Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care

Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care

2011-12: Night team is introduced for Hospice at Home care, initially as a pilot project

Rennie Grove Hospice Care

2013: Charity is renamed Rennie Grove Hospice Care and new branding launched

2014: Further day services are launched at Grove House

2014: In April, the charity achieves the milestone of caring for 3,000 patients and families a year

The Future:

With rising population figures and the fact that the number of over 75s is predicted to double in the next 30 years, the support of our local community will be vital if we are to continue caring for local patients and families.

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