08 June 2020

Caring for the carers

Premier Foods, a leading British food manufacturer, is set to support Rennie Grove as part of a new national partnership with Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for children’s palliative care.

Premier Foods new charity partnership will benefit families who are cared for by Rennie Grove

To celebrate the start of this special partnership, Premier Foods has put together care hampers that have been delivered to children’s hospices up and down the country, including Rennie Grove, filled with Premier Foods cupboard essentials and treats to support hospice care workers and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aiming to raise £200,000 over the course of a two year partnership, each Premier Foods site will be twinned with their local hospice that provides services to children, so the funds they raise will support children and families in the communities where they live and work.

We will be supported by the St Albans and High Wycombe sites.

David Wilkinson, HR & Communications Director for Premier Foods says: “Family time is precious and at Premier Foods we believe in bringing families together at mealtimes to make moments to treasure. No one knows more about the importance of family 'together time' than Together for Short Lives. We'll be engaging colleagues across our whole business behind the partnership, supported by our network of Charity Champions who are responsible for vital fundraising and awareness initiatives.”

Premier Foods’ staff are raring to go with lots of virtual and traditional fundraising and challenges as well as a ‘donation station’ for each site - where unused clothing, games and home wares can be donated by staff to support their local charity shops.

The partnership comes at a time when many families looking after a seriously ill child are feeling isolated and worried. To know that such a major organisation is investing in the security of those who support and care for them will make a difference.

Leanne Spriggs, Children’s Hospice at Home Team Manager at Rennie Grove, says: “We’re delighted to hear about this amazing partnership between Together For Short Lives and Premier Foods and are very pleased to be working with our local Premier Food sites. We’re continuing to care for our amazing patients and their families throughout the coronavirus crisis. Families are able to call our children’s hospice at home nurses at any time of the day or night for advice and a nurse will visit whenever needed. Our children and their families as well as our staff will be thrilled to receive their care hampers. We’re very grateful for this generous gesture and for everything that Premier Foods staff will be doing to help raise money to support our service at this difficult time.”