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Transforming Grove House

​A community hub for people with life-limiting illness

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Help us to raise £1m in our Grove House Appeal to deliver the care and support local families need

“Since Grove House opened its doors in 1993 the needs of the local community have changed and we are struggling to deliver the services needed in the spaces that are available in the building. In order to care for more people earlier in their illness we need to offer a wider range of services for adults, children and their families.  To do this we need to reconfigure and refurbish the building so that it is fit for purpose for today and in the years ahead.

“That’s why we’re asking for your support today to help us transform Grove House into a centre of excellence for palliative and end-of-life care, giving everyone in the local community the chance to live well for as long as they have.”

Stewart Marks, Chief Executive
Rennie Grove Hospice Care

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Brick by Brick

Help our appeal to grow by buying virtual bricks right here on our website. Each brick, block or row of bricks will take us a step closer to transforming Grove House into a community hub for people with life-limiting illnesses. You can also get your workplace, school, family and friends involved in fundraising activities to see how many ​bricks you can buy to support your local community. Find out more about Brick by Brick here.

Watch our wall grow

With your support, our virtual brick barometer will be growing row by row, so click the link here to view it and be sure to bookmark it so you can check back on its progress.

​Our vision for Grove House

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Our vision is to create a vibrant centre of excellence at Grove House to support more local people to live well throughout their illness. With your help we will:

  • treble the space we have to deliver the services people need
  • expand our range of services and extend our opening hours to ensure they are accessible by all
  • create facilities to enable us to open up the building to the children we care for and their families
  • provide a welcoming and relaxing environment for all by updating and refurbishing the building
  • develop our training facilities to ensure our own staff and other healthcare professionals receive first class training in palliative care

“With improved treatment and care, we know people are living for longer with a life-limiting illness. This means that the services we provide at Grove House to support people throughout their illness become even more important, giving continuity of care and supporting both the patient and their family. I am also delighted that the refurbishment of Grove House means we will be able to offer additional services to the babies and children we care for with a life-limiting condition and their families, something which we are not currently able to do.

“Our vision is that Grove House will become a lively community hub, welcoming patients and their families and providing the practical, emotional and social support they need. With your help we will be able to make a real difference to families in the local community.”

Samantha Howard, Director of Nursing & Patient Services

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Why this is so important - the difference we make

Receiving a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness has a huge impact on the whole family. Having someone to turn to for compassionate care and specialist support is so important at this time and the services Rennie Grove provides in the heart of the local community are all designed to offer this crucial support.

Whether the diagnosis is cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, or a neurological or other life-limiting illness, we are committed to helping everyone live the best quality life they can, from the point of diagnosis until the end of their lives, in control of their choices at all times, and to support the whole family to enable this happen.

By offering the right services to meet people’s needs, we can support them to stay out of hospital and at home with their families – where most people want to be – helping them to make the most of every moment together.

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“Before I started visiting Grove House for myself I thought it was a traditional hospice building with inpatient beds for people who were at the end of their lives. But when you find out everything that is on offer here – for patients as well as their families – you realise that it’s very different.

“Grove House is a place that helps you start living again and not a place you come to die.

“I think it’s important that people move away from thinking that Rennie Grove and the team of staff and volunteers at Grove House are only there to provide care to people at the end of their lives. While this is an important part of what they do, they do so much more.

“For me now it’s all about living with not dying from cancer. Grove House is certainly helping me to do that.”

Read Lynne’s full story

​How you can help

Be part of creating this vital facility for the local community:

  • donate whatever you can
  • become a Friend of the Grove House Appeal and keep in touch with all the latest news, developments and milestones achieved
  • spread the word – tell your friends, family and neighbours and encourage them to donate and share too
  • follow us on social media and like, comment, share and retweet.