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Harpenden Choral Society Acting Chairman, Tony Weatherhead, presents a cheque to
Nicola MacKinnon, Community Fundraising Manager,
at Rennie Grove Hospice Care in St. Albans for
as a result of the generous donations given by the audience to the retiring collection
at the choir’s Christmas Carol Concert held in High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden
on Tuesday 17th December 2013.

The aim of Grove House is to ensure that local people diagnosed with advanced, progressive life-limiting illness receive the care they need to live as fully as possible at home -
or wherever they choose to be - to the very end of their life.

Grove House had been supporting people affected by cancer or other life-limiting illnesses
in St. Albans since the early 1980s when a deep concern was developing about the
inadequate provision to meet the needs of terminally ill patients in the district.

Doctor Mary Groves, a GP new to St. Albans was instrumental in establishing the first
St. Albans and City and District Hospice Care Team,
with the aim of providing specialist Macmillan Nurses for the area.

In 1992, the late Lord Robert Runcie led an appeal aimed at raising
one million pounds to fund a purpose built hospice building.
The doors opened to the first patients in 1994 and the service was born.
Dr Groves is the co-President of Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

As a charity, Grove House relies heavily on the generosity of the public:
over 85% of their £6.5million annual running costs comes from public support.
The remaining 15% is funded by the NHS.

Donations to the charity can buy many things, but for £1000
Grove House could buy a syringe driver - a piece of specialist medical equipment
used by the Hospice at Home nurses to help make patients’ final days more comfortable.
They are a vital part of giving terminally-ill patients the choice to be cared for at home,
if that is their wish.

To find out more about the valuable work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care
please visit their website by clicking on the logo below

Photo: Grove House


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President: Hon. Alderman Chris Oxley