28 July 2020

Transforming Grove House comes to a close

Our appeal to raise money to transform Grove House into a community hub to deliver services in the local community to all those living with a life-limiting illness is now coming to a close, having successfully raised £525,825 from the community towards its goal.

Grove House conservatory new

Our Chief Executive Stewart Marks explains: “We are really pleased that despite the coronavirus pandemic we have been able to complete the building work and we are delighted with the results. We have trebled the space available by reconfiguring the internal area which is going to enable us to expand our range of services for patients, families, and carers and has created facilities to provide services for children and young adults we care for. We intend to make services accessible to all by opening in the evening and at weekends, once the current restrictions allow us to do so.  We have also created an education suite to deliver first class training and development for Rennie Grove staff and other healthcare professionals.

“The bright, modern and welcoming spaces we have created will mean we can offer support to more people, and will have in place the flexibility to deliver the services required as we see a continuing increase in the need for our services.

“We currently care for children at home, but had no facilities to offer services at Grove House for either them, or their families. We will now be able to do this to support families who feel isolated and alone.”

We launched the Appeal to raise funds for the redevelopment in July last year, and have been delighted with the support given by the local community and local businesses. Tracey Hancock, our Director of Fundraising, said: “We couldn’t have created the amazing space we have at Grove House without the generous support of our wonderful community and business supporters. Whether it was buying a virtual brick, organising activities to raise funds, or making a donation, it has all meant we have been able to realise our vision and create a space that will be here for many years to come to help all those living with a life-limiting illness. Thank you so much to each and every one of you.

Grove House hartwood room before and after

“I would also like to thank Daisy Cooper MP, Lady Verulam, The Bishop of St Albans and our Appeal Board – Lawrence Levy, Andy Kane of Kane Haulage, Ali McMillin of Sherrards Solicitors, Martin Ferguson and Chris Langford – all of whom gave support to the project. Thanks also go to the Herts Advertiser who have given us such fantastic encouragement and coverage from the beginning.”

With the redevelopment work complete, the task now begins to refurnish and re-equip the building to make it both functional and comfortable so that services can resume for patients very soon. Tracey continues: “Despite the generous support we have received from local people, we did fall short of our fundraising target and in order to buy the furniture and equipment we need we will be making targeted asks to the local community to help with this. Please do help if you can. Being able to provide bright, modern furnishings will make the building feel so inviting to our patients, both existing and new, and we so look forward to welcoming them to Grove House.”

We hope to start re-opening services at Grove House from September, welcoming patients and families back into the building in a safe and socially distanced way. 

If you'd like to contribute to help furnish and equip the building, you can do so by donating at renniegrove.org/donate (please state Grove House Appeal in the reason for donation box), sending a cheque to Rennie Grove, Grove House, Waverley Road, St Albans, AL3 5QX made payable to Rennie Grove and marked on the envelope as Grove House Appeal or calling 01727 731028 to make a card donation. Thank you.