CRASH Patrons transform Rennie Grove Hospice Care

The need

Rennie Grove Hospice Care is based in Hertfordshire and provides care and support for patients in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. This care includes medical care, treatments, occupational therapies, counselling and emotional support.

The day hospice offers services for up to 16 patients a day (Wed-Fri) plus a drop-in clinic on a Tuesday. This building also serves as the headquarters for their Hospice at Home services.

The CRASH solution

Rennie Grove applied to CRASH for help to enhance and extend Rennie Grove’s palliative and end of life care services. The layout of the 20-year-old building no longer fulfilled the needs of today’s patients and a number of spaces and MEP services had become unreliable.

With CRASH’s support, the old leaky conservatory was removed, and a new sunroom was built.  A multipurpose room was created, internal walls were removed, and the reception reconfigured to create a wider, more welcoming experience.  New glazing was also installed, along with upgrades to MEP services (including lighting, power, IT and fire systems). Other works undertaken also included installation of new flooring, internal doors, a kitchenette, new bathrooms and redecoration throughout.

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How CRASH Patrons helped

AECOM, Arcadis, Areen Design, Ben Adams Architects, Cundall, Dulux Trade, Forterra, Geberit and Hilti donated their professional expertise and products to transform the building.

CRASH’s help means that the hospice building is now fully utilised, and the spaces are suitable, helping people, not only now, but for many years to come.

The value of gift in kind support from CRASH Patrons and supporters came to £201,389.

CRASH awarded a grant of £40,000 to support the project bringing the total value of support to £241,389.46.

The impact

Trisha Pickersgill, Director of Finance & Facilities at Rennie Grove Hospice Care said:

“We are delighted with the results of our redevelopment project. The bright, modern and flexible spaces that have been created will enable us to deliver a wider range of services for more local people with life-limiting illness and their families in a much more welcoming and comfortable environment. With the number of people needing our care rising every year, our newly redeveloped building will help ensure that we can continue delivering our vital services to everyone in the local community who needs them. We are very grateful to CRASH and everyone else involved in the project who worked so well together to produce such a successful outcome.”

Lucie Gillard, Fundraising Coordinator at CRASH said:

‘’We are delighted that CRASH was able to award a cash grant of £40,000 as a result of our fundraising efforts. This is only possible thanks to the generosity of the construction industry and their incredible support of fundraising activities and campaigns like our Hope And Dignity Appeal.’’

Francesca Roberts, Chief Executive of CRASH said:

  Our sincere thanks to all the CRASH Patrons and supporting companies for completely transforming Rennie Grove Hospice. This is a great example of what can be achieved when the industry comes together through CRASH.

If your company would like to get involved in a future CRASH project and demonstrate your commitment to social impact, please contact Kate Marsh on kmarsh@crash.org.uk or 07930 187893.