14 August 2018

Brothers sign up for the Herts 10K to remember their father

John and Neil Pickersgill from Harpenden and Shefford have signed up to run this year’s Herts 10K in memory of their father.

Neil Pickersgill 

Neil said, “John and I decided to complete the Herts 10K to raise funds for the Rennie Grove team following the passing of our much loved father, Michael, on 6 May.

“Dad wanted to be able to spend his last days at home with his family. He was able to do this thanks to the support of the Rennie Grove nurses who provided advice on the practicalities and equipment which allowed him to move home for the last 4 weeks of his life.

“The Rennie Grove nurses also provided emotional support for the family as well as comfort and medication to help make Dad as comfortable as possible along with a syringe driver to administer the pain relief he needed in his last 48 hours.

“Immediately after Dad’s passing John and I knew we wanted to do something to raise awareness and funds for Rennie Grove in Dad’s memory. Whilst we are both reasonably fit and healthy, age and weight is against our chances of being among the first to finish the Herts 10K or breaking any records. However we have both started doing short runs and will build our training over the coming weeks and months to ensure that we achieve respectable times. In years gone by we both broke 50 mins for 10K but if we can get under the hour mark this time we will be happy.

Michael Pickersgill

“We believe a syringe driver costs around £1,250 and have set ourselves a target of buying two for the Rennie Grove team to support other patients in their hours of need.

“If anyone would like to sponsor us and help raise more money for Rennie Grove please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pickersgillbrothers or visit www.justgiving.com and search for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.”

“I’d like to reiterate that Rennie Grove were the best of the health professionals we met during our Dad’s illness and eventual end-of-life care,” adds John.  “The Rennie Grove staff were incredibly well informed.  They were sincere and empathetic yet candid in their prognosis - which is what was needed to ensure all our expectations were managed.  Most of all, Dad’s final wish was granted: he was able to stay at home for his final days.   

“As Neil says, we feel indebted to Rennie Grove.  No-one knows when they will need such a service so we want to help ensure others have access to same level of care if they need it.”