09 June 2016

Rennie Grove roadshow: coming to a town near you

We are hosting a series of roadshows in Bucks and Herts to raise awareness ofRennie Bear and Gazebo thespecialist services we provide to thousands of people each year at no cost to patients or their families.

We commemorated 30 years of care in 2015, and are inviting local residents to join staff and volunteers at our local roadshow where they can ‘make their mark for hospice care’ in an exciting piece of community art, meet much-loved mascot Rennie Bear - who is all set to pose for selfies with his supporters - and find out more about the unique service in the heart of their community.

Rennie Grove Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Gillian Barnett, explained: “The idea behind the roadshows is to encourage people to make the connection between the former names of our founding charities - Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and Grove House – and the new name for the merged organisation: Rennie Grove Hospice Care.”

We are concerned that patients and supporters alike may be confused about the different names.  The roadshows are designed to ensure that patients know they can rely on the same high quality service they associate with the old names, but that it is now being delivered by Rennie Grove Hospice Care and that all future fundraising will be carried out under that name too.  

We this will help to safeguard our future: not just ensuring that a growing number of patients and families facing cancer and other life-limiting illness will know who they can turn to, but also reassuring its generous supporters – who contribute 84% of the organisation’s £7.2 million annual running costs – that Rennie Grove Hospice Care retains the patient-centred ethos of choice set out by our founders three decades ago.

Gillian said: “As well as explaining more about the history of Rennie Grove and the services we provide now, we’re asking people to help create a piece of community art at each roadshow.  By placing their thumb in a palette of pink or purple ink and adding their unique thumbprint to our canvas, they’ll gradually fill in the outline of a Rennie Grove Hospice Care logo.  By asking individuals to ‘make their mark’ in this way, we’re hoping to symbolise the community of volunteers, fundraisers and customers who enable Rennie Grove to offer a unique service in the community, tailored to every individual who needs it.”  

The finished artwork will be displayed in the charity shop closest to the roadshow where it was created.  To find your local Rennie Grove shop, visitwww.renniegrove.org/shops.  Our 24 shops bring in more than £2 million each year towards patient care and many have already undergone internal refits to improve the shopping experience for customers and raise awareness of the name ‘Rennie Grove’.  External shop signs will gradually be updated as funding for each is secured.

Gillian concluded: “It’s our aim that everyone – whether they are a potential patient, a fellow healthcare professional or a long-term supporter – recognises the name Rennie Grove Hospice Care and shares our pride for its heritage.  We’d love to welcome you to one of our roadshows this summer, so do pop along and see us.  You won’t miss us in our bright pink gazebo!”

Rennie Grove’s roadshow will be coming to St Albans on Sunday June 19, at the Alban Street Festival from 12pm till 6pm.