30 July 2021

Nurse climbs Ben Nevis

A Hospice at Home nurse from Rennie Grove who scaled Ben Nevis says the moment she reached the summit was especially poignant.Rosie opens cheque from Ben Nevis summit

Rosie Henderson works across several of our nursing teams, supporting families in Herts and Bucks. Her trip to Scotland came up in conversation with one family, and the patient’s husband gave her a cheque by way of sponsoring her climb on behalf of Rennie Grove.

“I explained I wasn't doing it as a sponsored event, but he insisted he wanted to sponsor me and he handed me a sealed envelope with a cheque inside. Laughing, but touched by his generosity, I said I’d pass it on IF I made it to the top. ‘No pressure then’ I said to him.”

On 25 May, Rosie and three nursing friends enjoyed dinner together en route to the foothills of Ben Nevis. “Over dinner in Fort William, I shed some tears as I told my friends about this family and the envelope in my rucksack waiting to be opened, and my friends raised a toast to her,” recalls Rosie.

But unknown to Rosie, the patient had sadly passed away that morning. Being away on leave, she didn’t know until she messaged her Rennie Grove colleagues for an update the next day. The toast raised the night before seemed all the more poignant now.

Rosie set about composing a message of condolence to the patient’s husband, which she sent early the following morning – the day of the climb. “I let him know I was doing the climb, was thinking of him and his family and would open his envelope at the top and send him a photo,” she said.

Rosie is relieved to report that she did make it to the top, was able to send the promised photo and was very moved to discover the cheque she’d carefully carried with her for more than a month turned out to be for £200.

Rosie looking out from Ben Nevis

“In my job as a nurse it is such a privilege to be involved with so many lovely people. I meet some wonderfully warm, amazing, kind and generous people and they can't help but touch my heart. This was one such family.”

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