Christmas Appeal 2021
Help us be there for families when time is short and every moment matters
Our nurses feel privileged to enable families to spend quality time together, at home, when time is short and especially precious.
It always feels particularly poignant at Christmas, maybe more so than ever this year after the upheaval and uncertainty we all faced last Christmas.
Could you help more families like Fernando’s spend quality time together? When a patient’s care needs are complex, having access to 24-hour specialist care in their own home can be crucial. Without that level of support, patients nearing end of life are more likely to be admitted to hospital. Separated from their loved ones when time is running out.
Your gift could help prevent the distress of an unnecessary hospital admission and keep families safe, together, at home.
Support our Christmas appeal and donate now (please quote ‘Christmas Appeal’ in the ‘reason for donation’ box). You can also make a donation by calling 01442 890222
59-year-old father-of-three Fernando was already dealing with a lung condition, diabetes and recovering from a heart attack when he was referred to our Hospice at Home service with two types of incurable lung cancer.
When his specialist told him the cancer was terminal, he just wanted to go home to his family and stay there. He’d had enough of hospitals.
And his family were desperate to get him home too. COVID-19 restrictions meant hospital visits were still limited to one person – and it had to be the same person – for just one hour at a time.
“As I’m a nurse, my brother Michael and sister Georgina agreed it made sense for me to be that visitor. But that was hard – on all of us.
“Thanks to Rennie Grove, we got a week of Dad being in the comfort of his own home. We moved in with him to care for him around the clock. We made him his favourite meals, played his favourite music and films, pampered him, laughed, cried and talked.
“We had some of the most important conversations of our lives that week.”
Francesca, Fernando’s daughter
Read our family's moving story
about Dad, and how the Rennie Grove nurses supported the whole family when time was short and every moment mattered.
The difference your gift will make
A gift from you will help us be there for families this Christmas when time is short and every moment matters.
£20 could pay for an end-of-life care box to hold the equipment that nurses need when caring for a patient at the end of life
- £30 could cover the cost of an hour-long nursing visit to a patient like Fernando this Christmas.
- £50 could pay for 100 minutes of family support for a patient or family to help them cope with illness and bereavement
"Words cannot express how grateful we were to have him comfortable in his own home; his gratitude also shined right through. These precious last moments will never be forgotten."
Georgina, Fernando's daughter
Support our Christmas appeal and donate now (please quote ‘Christmas appeal’ in the ‘reason for donation’ box). You can also make a donation by calling 01442 890222.