Hospice at home nurses at Rennie Grove Hospice Care have another brand new set of wheels in which to make their patient visits, thanks to VRS (Vehicle Rental Services).
The Beaconsfield-based company adopted Rennie Grove as their Charity of the Year in 2016 and have generously continued their support this year. When the lease on the Fiat 500X they donated last year came to an end they handed over the keys to a brand-new Renault Captur.
VRS’ Managing Director Mark Brandom feels strongly about supporting the hospice charity after its nurses helped care for his Father. During 2016 VRS raised over £16,000 through a whole host of activities culminating in Mark and his son Richard completing a mammoth trek to the three highest peaks in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco raising over £11,000.
Mark explained: “VRS is delighted to be supporting Rennie Grove again this year and we are very pleased that we can help support the nurses’ in the local community in this way. We know the new car will be put to very good use and will give the nurses some reliable wheels to keep them on the move particularly during the night hours when their help is vital”.
Judith Moore is Rennie Grove’s Head of Nursing and Clinical Services in Hertfordshire and also manages the overnight nursing team, based at Rennie House in Tring but serving the charity’s whole catchment into south Bucks and parts of west Herts. She was thrilled with the new vehicle, saying: “It’s a perfect, manageable size for our nurses, ideal for the country lanes or city streets they need to negotiate at any time, whether that’s late at night or during rush hour.”
Rennie Grove operates a 24/7 responsive service, providing specialist care in patients’ homes at any time of the day or night, 365 days of the year. Its 70-strong team of hospice at home nurses cover nearly 420,000 miles each year to reach all the patients who need round-the-clock care and support. Managing symptoms as soon as they occur is a crucial part of giving patients the choice to remain at home rather than having to be admitted to hospital.
“Having a reliable vehicle to get to patients quickly and safely enables our nurses to offer this choice,” adds Judith.