Have you ever put yourself to the ultimate test for charity? Charity fundraisers usually come in the form of a gruelling physical exertion, whether it be a hike up a mountain, running 26 miles or an adrenaline-fuelled activity such as jumping out of a plane. This year, Rennie Grove Hospice Care has a new challenge for you to take on and it doesn’t require a head for heights or the athletic ability of Mo Farrah. As part of ‘The Great British Skinny Dip’ on 3 September, Rennie Grove is asking you if you ‘Dare to Bare for Hospice Care?’ The clue to this fundraiser is in the name and one individual, Rennie Grove’s very own Susan Lewis, explains why she is planning on baring all in September.
Volunteer Services Officer, Susan Lewis from Weston Turville has bravely stepped up to the plate: “I wanted to do something that I knew I could do,” she said. “I didn’t want to take on a physical challenge and I’m terrified of heights but I knew I wanted to give back to the charity that cared for my Mum and gave valuable support to me and my family at such a difficult time. I’m not saying this isn’t going to be hard because mentally it will be, but when I think about everything my Mum had to go through with her illness both mental and physical, it just puts things into perspective.” Rennie Grove Hospice Care looked after Susan’s Mother towards the end of her battle with Cancer, which she sadly lost five years ago. Susan was inspired to work for the charity after seeing first-hand the work they do for patients and families.
“I’m absolutely terrified” Susan reveals, “I’ve already booked a spray tan to try and make me feel more confident on the day! I am completely out of my comfort zone, but the whole thing has been received really well amongst my friends and family. I’m not sure my husband, Martin, knows what to say about it but my daughters, Mary and Rachel have been really supportive. People seem to want to sponsor me just from the sheer shock of hearing ‘I’m taking my clothes off for charity!’ To be honest I have no idea what to expect but if doing this helps to raise even the slightest bit of money for Rennie Grove, then I will know it has been worth it. I know how important it is for the charity to continue to provide the services that they do. My sister, Elaine passed away from Cancer in 2002 and she had none of the care that Rennie Grove offers, because we didn’t have the knowledge of the charity back then. It makes such a difference to the patient and the family when you know they are in good hands and able to be comfortable in their own home, particularly towards the end.”
If you think you are brave enough to face this liberating challenge sign up at: www.renniegrove.org/getbaretocare alternatively you can cover your embarrassment and donate £10 by texting BARE10 to 70070.