Pat's Light up a Life story

Pat and Mike

Pat has been a supporter of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ever since her husband Mike received care from our Hospice at Home nurses in 1986. “Mike was one of the first patients cared for by the then called Iain Rennie nurses. He was only nursed for three days because I didn't know about the charity until near the end. But when I got in touch, a nurse was with us the very next day. After Mike died, the support for me and my three children made a huge difference to us.” 

Struck by the kindness she and her family had been shown throughout Mike's illness and during their bereavement, Pat then became an active volunteer with the charity's Family Support Team and Amersham & High Wycombe Fundraising Group - and has been ever since.

Pat uses her experience as a mother of three, grandmother of five, nursery founder and leader to work alongside the Rennie Grove Pepper nurses supporting children affected by life-limiting illness.  She works closely with the siblings of poorly children in their own homes and as a volunteer at the charity's Sibling Support Groups.

Pat supports Light up a Life every year as it enables her to honour the memory of Mike in a special way: ‘I know Mike would have wanted me to carry on supporting Rennie Grove. It means so much to me that I can dedicate a light to him each year. I always dedicate a light to my mother at the same time as it’s such a nice way to remember them both. 

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