01 December 2020

Double your donations with the Big Give Christmas Challenge

This December donors can double their donations to Rennie Grove with the Big Give Christmas Challenge to help keep us caring over Christmas.

From midday 1 December to 8 December all donations made through the Big Give website to Rennie Grove will be matched, until the target of £27,192 is reached.

The matched funding is courtesy of several generous Rennie Grove supporters and the Hospital Saturday Fund, a Big Give champion. The money raised through this campaign will pay for the travel costs for two of Rennie Grove’s hospice at home teams for two months, to ensure adults and children with life-limiting illnesses are able to be cared for at home any time of the day or night.

Rennie Grove’s hospice at home care is needed now more than ever as ​we've seen a significant rise in the number of people​ we are caring for. By visiting patients day or night, our specialist nurses help prevent emergency hospital admissions and support the NHS as they cope with the pandemic in addition to normal winter pressures.

“We’ve never provided care to as many people as we do now,” said Samantha Howard, Director of Nursing and Patients Services at Rennie Grove.

“The pandemic has triggered a greater need for our services, and it is particularly important over Christmas that our families can stay together with their loved ones.”

“Services are normally reduced over the Christmas period, with fewer doctors and pharmacies open. That’s why it’s so important that our teams are available, to provide specialist care and support for families during a very difficult time.

“This could be the last Christmas that many of our families will spend with each other, and the impact of having such precious time together is something that families will treasure forever.”

To support the Big Give, we're sharing a video that show's the difference that our care can make. Our nurse Rachel Griffith talks to Theresa, whose husband we card for during lockdown. You can watch the Big Give video here.

Samantha Howard said: “Our hospice at home nurses and healthcare assistants feel privileged to help families like Theresa’s stay together, and we need the help of our kind supporters to keep our teams on the road and providing this vital care.”

All donations to this campaign should be made through the Big Give website in the week commencing midday on 1 December to midday 8 December.

All funds raised up to £13,596 will be doubled to total £27,192, so that Rennie Grove can keep nurses on the road and caring for local people this Christmas.

Update: as of midday Thursday 3 Dec we have reached our target, and donations will no longer be doubled. If you have been touched by Andy's Story, you can still contribute to our appeal here. Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas.