Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s 11-strong team of 2019 London Marathon runners met up this week for a photo shoot and a team building session as their training for the big event, that takes place at the end of April, ramps up a gear.
Among the team are six local runners.
Dave Hilling from Hughenden Valley said, “Rennie Grove’s nurses came into our lives just a few days after my dad – Arthur – was diagnosed with cancer of the throat, lungs and kidneys. I was taken aback by the level of care and understanding that the nurses provided and I was so grateful on more than one occasion that Rennie Grove is there for patients and their families 24 hours a day. I am running the London Marathon in Dad’s memory. I am “Doing it for Dad” so that other families can receive the type of specialist care that Rennie Grove provided to my inspirational, loving and courageous Dad when he needed it.”
Daisy Lord from Chalfont St Giles said, “My Grandma’s last wish was to die at home with loved ones beside her and this was all made possible by the Rennie Grove team. They were a godsend – we rang them at all times day and night and they were so kind and so knowledgeable. This is the perfect way for me to give something back.”
Amber Stubbings from Chalfont St Peter said, “I recently worked for Rennie Grove and understand how vital it is to raise the funds to help ensure patients and families continue to receive the care and support they require.”
Jonathon Davies from Beaconsfield said, “I am looking to give something back to Rennie Grove and am raising money and volunteering for them during my gap year.”
Louis Quane from Great Missenden said, “Rennie Grove nurses looked after my father, Martin Quane, before he died. I want to be able to raise funds to help nursing staff to continue to help other families.”
Dave Peterson from Chesham said, “Our family has known two friends who received care from Rennie Grove nurses before their untimely death. We have all raised funds for Rennie Grove for many years and this will be my third marathon.”
Since the first race was held in 1981, the London marathon has grown in size, stature and popularity. Now established among the major events in the sporting calendar, the London Marathon is shown on television in nearly 200 countries around the world with over a million runners completing the race.
Tracey Hancock, Director of Fundraising at Rennie Grove Hospice Care said, “We are so proud of our amazing team of runners who are taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon challenge to raise funds for Rennie Grove. They are all doing really well with their training and their fundraising but if anybody would like to donate to support them I know it would mean a huge amount to both them, and us. You can read more about each of the runners and make a donation by visiting their JustGiving page.”