Valentine’s Day, Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. However you describe it, February 14th is celebrated every year and is a great way of showing our affection for another person or people by sending cards, flowers or chocolates.
So this year Rennie Grove Hospice Care is using Valentine’s Day to send a message of affection to its 1,500 volunteers, 200 staff and thousands of supporters.
Our Chief Executive Stewart Marks said: “We’d love to be able to send a card to each and every one of our amazing volunteers, supporters and staff but instead we are sending a message to say that we just could not do what we do without their support.
“We rely on the hours given by more than 1,500 incredible volunteers and we estimate that the value of these hours is around £1.5 million each year. We are so proud that our volunteers were honored by receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services which is the MBE for volunteer groups.
“And without our supporters we would not have been able to provide care for our patients in the local community. Their generosity helps us to raise the £20,000 we need each day to fund everything we do in terms of providing care to patients and families across Herts and Bucks.
“Last, but of course not least, our team of 200 staff whose wide range of clinical and non-clinical skills, enthusiasm and dedication ensure that we can provide a consistently high quality service to all our patients and their families.
Beth is a nurse at Rennie Grove, she said: For me, the best thing about working for Rennie Grove is that there’s so much enthusiasm. The whole team –the nurses and the wider fundraising and support teams across the whole organisation – are so positive and really believe in the cause. I’m astounded by all of the volunteers who give up their time to support Rennie Grove in so many different ways, and it gives me a real sense of pride to work for such a well-loved local charity.”
Matt who volunteers at one of Rennie Grove’s 27 shops said: “Through volunteering I am able to give back to my local community, as the work I do in the shop enables Rennie Grove to raise money that is needed to help fund the valuable services we provide to patients and their families”.
Supporters Sam and Abbie Reynolds asked their guests to make a donation to Rennie Grove instead of buying them a gift for their wedding due to their personal experience when Rennie Grove nurses cared for Abbie’s Mum, Gill. Abbie said: “What I will always remember about Rennie Grove is the fact they were always there for us. Every single nurse we met was fantastic and went the extra mile. We can’t thank Rennie Grove enough.”
“Rennie Grove volunteers, supporters and staff are truly amazing and on behalf of the Board and the senior team I would like to extend a message of affection and thanks to everyone that makes a contribution to the work of our charity”, Stewart added.
To find out more about volunteering, supporting or working for Rennie Grove please visit our jobs, volunteering and supporter pages.