27 September 2021

Making a Marathon Effort

The Rennie Grove team will be part of the 50,000 runners taking part in the long-awaited London Marathon on Sunday 3 October.

Having taken part in the virtual version of the 2020 marathon, Louise Snodgrass from Great Kingshill admits training has been difficult to maintain as a full-time shift worker and mother of two young children. She says focusing on the good causes she’s raised money for has compelled her to keep going.

Louise Snodgrass sporting the Rennie Grove running vest

“I’m raising funds this year for Rennie Grove because we’ve seen first-hand just how crucial their services are in the local community.

“I’ll be running in memory of my lovely dad, Terry, whom we sadly lost to cancer in March this year. We couldn’t be more grateful for the kindness and expertise of all the Rennie Grove nurses we encountered at the most difficult time for Dad and those of us close to him.

“They were there without hesitation when Dad needed additional care and medication, showing unfaltering compassion and understanding. And, most importantly, along with my incredible mum, they enabled Dad to remain at home in familiar surroundings, which was so important to him and to all of us.

“This is my chance to give something back to the charity, which relies heavily on public support to raise around 87% of its annual running costs.”

Phil Macken from Beacon’s Bottom is also running the London Marathon in support of ​our services, and he echoes Louise’s statement.

He said: “It’s now been over five years since my mum, Mary, passed away. I thought it was about time to get fundraising again for the charity that helped mum and all of us during that difficult time.

“The support Rennie Grove gave was invaluable. They did everything to make mum comfortable at home in her final few days.

“Donating now is an investment. At some point, you or a loved one may need a hospice like Rennie Grove and keeping them running is essential. I hope you don’t, but I can guarantee you will be thrilled to use them if you do. They made an awful time much more manageable.”

Show your support for our marathon runners by making a donation to the team via JustGiving here.