A Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care nurse has shared her experience of being on the receiving end of the service she works for, to encourage local people to support the Big Give Christmas Challenge fundraising appeal.

Becky Varvel started working as a Hospice at Home nurse with the charity in 2014, following in the footsteps of her mum, Sue, who had been a nurse with the charity since the early days of Iain Rennie Hospice at Home.

Herts Advertiser: Sue in the seaSue in the sea (Image: Rennie Grove Peace)

In 2022 Becky’s family was in need of the services of the hospice organisation after Sue was diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Becky says: "When Mum was diagnosed, she became very unwell, very quickly.

"I was keen for Rennie Grove to get involved right from the start as I knew that the Hospice at Home team could support all of our needs.

"I may be a trained nurse but in this case I was a patient’s daughter and it’s entirely different.

"As well as the care and support for Mum’s clinical needs, my sister and I needed the reassurance that comes from having a team at the end of the phone to call any time for advice and support.

Herts Advertiser: Sue in the sea with Becky and sisterSue in the sea with Becky and sister (Image: Rennie Grove)

"For me, the whole experience of being on the other side of the service offered by Rennie Grove Peace was really eye opening.

"It gave me a completely different perspective on what our patients and their families go through.

Herts Advertiser: BeckyBecky (Image: Rennie Grove)

"Every member of staff from the admin staff to the Hospice at Home team and the Rapid Personalised Care Service team made a huge difference to our family and I want to ensure that every other local family that needs this level of support, is able to access it."

Herts Advertiser: Becky Varvel filmingBecky Varvel filming (Image: Rennie Grove)

This year Rennie Grove Peace is aiming to raise £100,000 via the Big Give Christmas Challenge. For one week only, any donation made to Rennie Grove Peace via the Big Give website will be doubled, for as long as match funding lasts.

The challenge takes place over a seven-day period from noon on Tuesday, November 28 to noon on Tuesday, December 5.

To double your donation to Rennie Grove Peace, visit the Big Give Christmas Challenge page here: https://donate.biggive.org/campaign/a056900002RGLBQAA5