Peter Brion is 82 and has been getting involved with Rennie Grove’s Light up a Life initiative for the last 12 years. He generously donates £100 each year, dedicated to the memory of his wife Margaret, and he often attends his local Light up Life service in the town’s Baptist Church.
He explains what motivates him to do this every year: “I support Rennie Grove because of the way they looked after Margaret. I remember when she was told that her condition was terminal. The oncologist gave us that terrible news that everyone with a cancer diagnosis dreads and said he would help us find a hospice. But Margaret was adamant that she didn’t want that – she wanted to spend her last days at home.
“So he arranged for us to be referred to Rennie Grove Hospice Care and the charity’s nurses cared for Margaret in our home for two months until she died. The care they gave was fantastic – I can’t champion them enough. It really was a first class service.
“Margaret passed away on Valentine’s Day 2005. Although we never sent each other Valentine’s cards – she was the love of my life. We would have celebrated 60 years of marriage next year. It means a great deal to me that we were able to share her last days at home as she wished.
“I love the fact that through Light up a Life I can honour her memory and help other couples and families in a similar situation. It’s a nice addition to receive the dedication card too. I find this a huge comfort: the whole process from writing the dedication, making the donation and attending the service helps me at what can be a difficult time of year.”