26 May 2016

Become a ‘friend’ to support families

Rennie Grove is asking people to consider making a regular gift to support its work for Become a Friend to Support Familieslocal patients affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their families.

We are contacting around 4,000 local residents who have supported us in the past, asking them if they would become a ‘Friend of Rennie Grove’ by setting up a regular direct debit donation.

Rennie Grove Director of Nursing, Sue Varvel, explained: “The people we’re approaching already know that our service is a lifeline for local patients coping with life-limiting illness, enabling them to live independently at home for as long as possible.  What they might not realise is that we rely on the generosity of our local community to fund 84% of our annual £7.2 million running costs.

“Whether you’ve been touched by our 24/7 responsive hospice at home care or range of day services yourself - or you believe it’s important to ensure specialist hospice care remains available in your area, making a regular gift is one of the best ways to support us as it provides a regular source of income. This helps us plan for the future with confidence so that we can meet the increasing demand for our services.”

Judith has been making a regular gift for the past two years.  She explains why she chose to become a Friend of Rennie Grove: “Everyone knows somebody who’s been affected by cancer or terminal illness and a number of my friends have either used Rennie Grove or their family have. This has really brought it home to me how important it is to keep these services going. So by setting up a direct debit, I know I’m helping to keep them available should anyone I care about ever need them.”

By becoming a Friend of Rennie Grove you will join a group of exceptional people whose support will help safeguard vital nursing services for thousands of families today and in the future. 

Sue added: “Just £3 every month over a year could fund two visits from a Healthcare Assistant in a patient’s home.” 

To set up a direct debit donation visit www.rennigrove.org/friends