Michelle and Peter's story

"The nurses visiting my Grandpa were wonderful people who really did genuinely care." 

Peter Downing from Harpenden was cared for by the Rennie Grove nurses earlier this year. Here his grandaughter, Michelle Lord from London Colney, explains why she signed up for an event to raise money in his memory. 

Michelle says: “My Grandpa was diagnosed with Leukaemia in February and passed away in June aged 90. We’re a really close family and he deteriorated quickly after a fall, which was a huge shock for all of us. 

“The Rennie Grove nurses cared for him while he was ill and were phenomenal - extremely caring, respectful and professional. You hear a lot of horror stories about the care sector in the headlines, but the nurses visiting my Grandpa were wonderful people who really did genuinely care. 

“My Grandpa was very ‘old school’ and the nurses were great with him. As a family, it was really important to us that he was comfortable with them because of such intimate care. They were understanding, clear and compassionate, and he trusted them which made such a difference to all of us.”

Michelle took part in Rennie Grove's fundraiser Colour Blast on 23 August in memory of her Grandpa. 

“I found out about Colour Blast through social media and wanted to sign up to give something back to the charity,” says Michelle. “I work in the Jolly Sailor pub in St Albans and ​got a team together to run with me, and my family and friends ​were really supportive - I’ve raised nearly £​600 in sponsorship! It’s so important to support local causes like Rennie Grove as you never know when your family may need them.” 

August 2015