Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s 1,500-strong team of volunteers was awarded the ultimate honour available for volunteer groups, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2017.
Created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Volunteers underpin everything we do at Rennie Grove and make invaluable contributions throughout the organisation. Without them we simply would not be able to provide our high quality services to support adults, children and families in the local community coping with life-limiting illness.
Operating in a wide variety of roles including trustees, van drivers, complementary therapists, family support listeners, shop assistants, receptionists, office helpers and event marshals, over 1,500 volunteers give around 140,000 hours of their time to help the charity every year. An evaluation project undertaken in 2016 put a conservative estimate of the value of this time at £1.5 million.
The official presentation of the Award was made by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss on 11 September 2017. In a ceremony also attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and Rennie Grove Patron, Countess Verulam, a Certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal were presented to Chair of Trustees Professor Stephen Spiro.
Throughout 2017, Rennie Grove's Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, Sue Varvel (as well as members of our nursing and volunteering teams) visited shops and offices throughout Herts and Bucks. The aim was to make a personal presentation of a special Queen's Award badge to as many volunteers as possible, and give them the chance to see the crystal and certificate.
To find out more about joining our award-winning team of volunteers, please see our latest list of volunteer opportunities or complete an enquiry form.