On Wednesday 27 September members, local dignitaries – including the Mayors of Dacorum, Berkhamsted and Tring - supporters and staff of Rennie Grove Hospice Care gathered for the very well attended Annual General Meeting at Chartridge Park Golf Club near Chesham.
In addition to the formal business of the afternoon, the meeting welcomed guest speaker Professor Karol Sikora, Rennie Grove patron and oncology specialist. Professor Sikora gave an insightful talk about the changing face of cancer covering how technology has transformed cancer care, delivery of optimal care, the challenges around funding costly cancer drugs and concluding with his thoughts on why the hospice movement has been so successful.
Our Chair of Trustees, Professor Stephen Spiro reflected on Rennie Grove’s successes during the year. These included how the investment in mobile technology for nursing teams has freed up time that can now be spent on patient care; the very positive feedback that has been received from patients on the quality of care they have received from Rennie Grove Hospice Care and the charity achieving a small financial surplus for a fourth consecutive year.
He went on to talk about the challenges that reduced NHS funding and increasing referrals will mean for Rennie Grove, a theme that was picked up by Chief Executive, Jenny Provin. Jenny highlighted the importance of working with partner organisations to support every patient, their families and carers to live well until the very last moment.
Tricia Pickersgill, Director of Finance and Facilities then presented the Accounts and the formal business was concluded.
The meeting was also attended by charity's Joint Presidents, Moira Rennie MBE and Dr Mary Groves MBE who said they were delighted that what they had started so many years ago continues to make such a difference to so many lives.
A ceremony presenting the Queen’s Award for Volunteer Services to the 1,500 Rennie Grove volunteers then took place.
Created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
A certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative crystal were accepted by Professor Stephen Spiro on behalf of all the charity’s volunteers. Stephen said, “I am delighted to accept this Award on behalf of Rennie Grove’s 1,500 volunteers who, between them, provide 140,000 hours of volunteer support each year.”