Rennie Grove Hospice Care and Peace Hospice Care have announced today (June 22) that the two charities have proposed a merger to bring improved and extended services to people needing end-of-life care.
The charities say that all current services offered by both the charities will continue as usual with the goal to deliver better outcomes from their combined resources.
Stewart Marks, Chief Executive of Rennie Grove and the designated Chief Executive of the new organisation Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care, said that by merging, it would be able to pool its resources to reach more people with better care.
Mr Marks said: “Our wonderful local community raises most of the cost of running our services so it’s important that we repay this incredible generosity by making sure we are always meeting the changing needs of everyone in the community. We believe that this merger will allow us to do that.”
The aim is to provide a wider range of services and use its combined voice to secure resources.
Craig Duncan, Interim Chief Executive of Hospice UK said: “The proposed merger of Rennie Grove and Peace Hospice Care is an example of forward-thinking organisations taking a proactive approach to securing the best care for their local communities for the future.”
Dr Jeremy Shindler, Chair of Trustees at Peace Hospice Care and the Chair of the new organisation, added: “With palliative care we have just one chance to get it right and we are determined to do what is needed to ensure that happens for people in the areas we serve in Hertfordshire and Buckingham.”
This merger is said to be subject to the final approval of both the Charity Commission and the Members of Rennie Grove with effect planned to take place from the target date of October 1 this year.