30 March 2016

Limbering up for the London Marathon

Rennie Grove London Marathon teamMembers of Rennie Grove’s London Marathon team are getting ready to run in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care on Sunday 24 April.

Local businessman, Ben Brocklesby, is part of the team. Ben, who is from Chalfont St Giles, is the Sales & Marketing Director for Wycombe–based family company, Origin Global.

Ben says: “Running the London Marathon is a huge undertaking: the cold, often wet, early morning runs, blisters and aching muscles are enough to put any sane person off. But knowing that in some small way my taking part will help support the fantastic work that the Rennie Grove nurses offer locally makes it hugely rewarding.  It also helps to remember on those lonely training runs that they are out every day and night come rain or sunshine with a smile on their face (and hopefully without the blisters).”

Origin have been staunch supporters of Rennie Grove, signing up to be the main sponsors of the charity’s Muddy Mucker event in Penn Estate last autumn and entering a 60-strong team. 

Ben’s wife Victoria launched Origin Global with cousin Neil Ginger in 2002 and as the business has grown, the family has been keen to help the charity that cared for their Nana nearly a decade ago.   Ben adds: “It meant a lot to everyone that – thanks to Rennie Grove’s Hospice at Home nurses - she was able to die in her own home in Prestwood, with her beloved husband by her side.”

Also taking part in the Rennie Grove London Marathon team is Chesham woman, Merry Wright, who works as a Corporate Fundraiser for the charity, and is taking on the challenge for the first time. 

Merry says: “Since starting work at Rennie Grove, I have been so humbled by the dedication and generosity of our fundraisers, volunteers, corporate supporters and event participants that I felt I had to do something myself!  I am not a runner - or rather, I wasn’t until January.  It’s a struggle but I have been motivated by donations on my Virgin Money giving page and so building up my mileage around Chesham, Amersham and the Chalfonts. I have also been planning a fundraising quiz night on 12 March to give my sponsorship a boost.

“Rennie Grove offers a genuine 24/7 responsive service: it could be 3am but if a patient is in pain or a relative is worried they can call our nurses.  I’ve pledged to raise £2,000, which could cover the cost of the night team’s travel for a whole month, ensuring that our night nurses can get to patients’ homes whenever and wherever they’re needed.”

In 2015 the Rennie Grove London Marathon team raised £52,000 - enough to fund a Hospice at Home nurse and a Healthcare Assistant for a whole year, giving hundreds of patients access to 24/7 responsive care in their own homes. 

If you gained a marathon place in the ballot, it’s not too late to join the Rennie Grove team.  There’s still time to benefit from the legendary pre-race pasta party and you’ll receive moral support on the day from the charity’s cheer squad at mile 18 as well as a chance to reminisce at the post-event reunion.

Call 01442 890222 or email fundraising@renniegrove.org for details and find out more about our sponsored challenges.