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Summer Appeal

The summer appeal so far has raised £2000 so many thanks to everyone who has donated so far. There is still time to support families such as Julie's who's story you can read on the web site:

Just £15 can pay for 30 minutes of nursing care in a patients home and could really help Rennie Grove to continue its service. To make a donation visit Rennie or call 01442 890222 (25-07-22)


Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge returns

3 Peaks Challenge

(Image - 3 Peaks Challenge Participants)

Local people are being encouraged to lace up their walking boots and put their best foot forward as Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s much-loved annual walking event, the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge, makes a welcome return this September.

Taking place on Sunday 11th September, the dog-friendly challenge offers walkers a choice of routes through the stunning Chilterns countryside. Walkers are encouraged to choose one of four available routes – between 6.5 and 18 miles long - and seek sponsorship to raise vital funds for Rennie Grove’s specialist nursing care.

Starting from Princes Risborough School, the route options for the challenge are:

  • 6.5 mile linear route which tackles Whiteleaf Cross and Coombe Hill (followed by a bus route back to the start at Princes Risborough School).
  • 8 mile self-guided circular route taking in Whiteleaf Cross. This option includes mapped directions so walkers can make their own way around the route at their own pace.
  • 10 mile linear route which gives walkers the opportunity to complete all three peaks (Whiteleaf Cross, Coombe Hill and Ivinghoe Beacon) with a bus journey between Wendover and Tring station taking out some of the miles.
  • 18-mile linear route is the complete route from Princes Risborough School to the top of Ivinghoe Beacon walking all three local landmarks.

All routes include a bus ride back to the start at Princes Risborough School, thanks to Arriva buses which has once again kindly donated the use of its vehicles and volunteer drivers for the day.

3 Peaks Cricketers

(Image - 3 Peaks Challenge, The Cricketers)

Tracey Hancock, Director of Fundraising at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, says:

“Last year almost 1,000 people hiked through the stunning Chiltern Hills for our thirteenth annual Chilterns 3 Peaks challenge. It’s a fantastic event each year and people who take part always tell us how much they enjoy the stunning scenery, the chance to meet new people and the sense of accomplishment when they complete the walk. 

“The funds raised by this event are invaluable in allowing Rennie Grove to continue offering specialist care and support for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses across Buckinghamshire and west Hertfordshire. Every penny raised in sponsorship makes a difference. For example, £30 could fund an hour of specialist care from a hospice at home nurse, helping patients to stay at home with their families and make every moment matter.” 

Tickets for this family-friendly event cost £15 per adult (16+) and £7.50 for children (5-16) with under 5s free on all routes. Family tickets are available (two adults and up to four children) for £40. Everybody who completes the challenge receives a medal on the day. 

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by headline sponsor, Origin Doors and Windows, which has supported the event for five years, as well as new sponsor for 2022, R. Benson.

To find out more or sign up to take part, visit


Volunteering could improve the quality of your own life, says South Bucks Hospice                   

Do you want to make a real difference to your local community by helping others in their time of need? Yvette Hockley, the new Volunteer Coordinator at South Bucks Hospice, tells here how you can contribute.

If I told you that doing something for just two hours a week could improve the quality of your life significantly, would you be interested?  

Or how about if I added that this activity would also help you to make new friends and learn new skills - and that by doing it, you would also be helping the community? Yes, it would almost seem too good an opportunity to turn down if you could spare the time.

I am very fortunate as the new Volunteer Coordinator at South Bucks Hospice to be spreading the following message to the community: volunteering is not only good for the people you volunteer for, but it also is good for you.  

I have been in post at the hospice for just a month and have seen first-hand the pleasure that volunteering brings to those who volunteer.

If you have a few hours to spare and want to feel that you are making a difference, please get in contact with me.

There is a range of volunteering roles, and people should look for opportunities that suit their skills or interests. For instance, we are looking for people to assist in our wonderful charity shops at Bourne End and Hazlemere, or to become bereavement listening volunteers for our new telephone service which helps people trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. 


There are also volunteering jobs for drivers, or for people to help on reception. Whatever you do, you don't need to spend hours volunteering - just a small amount of time on a regular basis will go a very long way.

I volunteer in my private life and know that warm feeling that doing something for someone else to help them, without any financial reward, is a joy only known to other people who volunteer.

Just recently, I heard a volunteer at the hospice say: "This is just what I need to get the brain working again after spending so much time alone. It'll get me out and talking to people, it's just what I need." Another told me: "I wanted to do something to help people and this opportunity will make patients feel good but will make me feel good too." 

You only need a few minutes to make a difference to someone’s life, but the difference you make to someone’s life can make a lifetime's worth of difference.

If you are interested, please email me at