03 February 2017

Burns Night lights up winter night

More than 100 guests dined and danced in honour of Scottish poet Robert Burns atpiping in the haggis Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s first ever Burns Night in the borough of Dacorum.  Hastoe Village Hall was transformed for the night of Saturday 28 January, providing the perfect venue for the three-course meal and Ceilidh. 

Long-standing volunteer and fellow poet Jill Wallis ably led the toast on behalf of the lassies and guests tucked into the haggis, kindly provided by the Tring Cricket Club. Floral table decorations provided by Magnolia’s in Tring proved so popular that guests at the majority of tables left a donation and took them home with them, covering the cost of the displays.  Live band Ceili Max ensured that the dance floor was full for every dance.

Lynn Devine, Clinical Nurse Specialist with Rennie Grove’s Hospice at Home team in Dacorum, gave a well-received speech about what the community’s support means to local families affected by cancer and life-limiting illness.  Guests were moved to donate more than £1,000 to fund nursing shifts, pushing the overall total raised by the evening to £8,500.

Claire Redrup, Community Fundraising Manager, said: “We were delighted with our first Tring Burns Night and would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make it such a success. We’re hopeful that we might have found some new supporters among the generous guests, some of whom were new to our cause.”

Rennie Grove needs to find new supporters and new ways to raise funds to keep meeting the rising demand for its unique 24/7 responsive hospice at home service in Dacorum and beyond.