Participating Project

Project information

Twelve Days of Christmas Care

Christmas is one of the most important times when families meet up and spend precious time together. This project is to fund specialist at home palliative nursing care for adults 24 hours a day for the 12 days of Christmas.

December 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: Rennie Grove Hospice Care

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  • Need


    Our nurses provide specialist care to patients of all ages diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses either in their homes or at our day hospice. At Christmas families are desperate to avoid any unnecessary hospital admissions and being able to stay at home with their family is priceless.


    By having a 24 hour nursing service available for adults during the Christmas period, our nurses can bring symptoms under control as soon as they occur. This is particularly important during the holiday season when it is harder to access other healthcare services.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Fund specialist at home palliative nursing care for adults in Bucks & Herts for 12 days


    » Make 144 home visits providing specialist nursing care and support to adult patients.
    » Travel 1,570 miles to provide vital practical and specialist nurse care for families.

    Through our nursing teams being able to prevent any unnecessary hospital admissions over these 12 days, enabling families to be together over Christmas.

  • Impact


    By showing how it is possible to stay and be cared for at home even during public holiday times, the level of trust in our nursing services continues to grow. Word of mouth is very important in local communities and knowing that we are at the end of a telephone 24/7, and provide a responsive service, is very often one of the most valued aspects of care referred to by the family members.


    Weather is our biggest enemy at this time of year. However, we have access to 4 x 4 vehicles and volunteer drivers, which are organised centrally by our nursing administration team, so we can still get out to help patients in Bucks and Herts whatever the weather.


    Donors to this project will receive email updates and we will also communicate the progress of our project via our web site, on our Facebook page and in our newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,516 Hospice at Home nursing team To fund the costs of one of our specialist nursing teams from 25 Dec 2017 to 5 January 2018
      £284 Mobile Phones Enabling our nurses to call families, colleagues and healthcare professionals
      £100 Medical supplies To provide any necessary equipment/medication
      £100 Membership To cover membership of nursing organisations
  • Background


    As a charity, we provide nursing care for people living across the Chilterns area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

    We are the only charity providing 24/7 at home care in Buckinghamshire for children with life-limiting illnesses.


    In 2016-2017 we cared for 2,477 individual patients and family members some of whom used more than one of our services. Throughout the year the total number of services provided was 4,030.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides a model of palliative care that is recognised and respected across the country. Our Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, Sue Varvel, is also the Chair of the National Association for Hospice at Home and helps us lead the way in providing excellent hospice care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sue Varvel - Director Of Nursing And Clinical Services At Rennie Grove Hospice Care

    In her current role, Sue is responsible for the management and strategic development of nursing and clinical services at Rennie Grove.

    Andrea Lambert - Head Of Children's Services

    Andrea Lambert has a wealth of experience in community nursing and caring for children with complex healthcare needs.


Could pay for an hour of specialist nursing care in a patient's home.

"With the support of the nurses Ian kept of living his life instead of waiting for his death. He built a new koi carp pond with the help of friends in just seven weeks. It gives our children a focal point for remembering their dad as they're now in charge of looking after it!"

Ian was only 55 when he died of cancer three days before Christmas. His wife, Marg, explains how Rennie Grove supported her and her children.