“The Rennie Grove nurses are angels who haven’t got their wings yet.”

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Andy was a fit and active husband and father-of-two in his forties when he was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological condition multiple system atrophy (MSA). Rennie Grove’s hospice at home nurses cared for him and his family for nearly three years, including through the first lockdown, until he died last summer aged 56, just before his twentieth wedding anniversary.

His wife, Theresa, said: “When I first heard about hospice at home – I thought, naively, it was about cutting costs. But as Andy’s illness progressed, I realised how important it was for him to be at home, surrounded by the people and things he knew and loved, and supported by high quality, completely personalised care, over which we had more say and more control. This became more important than ever once coronavirus came along.

“The Rennie Grove nurses are angels who haven’t got their wings yet – calm, straight-taking, highly skilled angels with immense experience and compassion. They helped us make sure Andy could live every last bit of his life and that his passing was peaceful and dignified and his wishes fulfilled. In spite of everything, and because of their support, I have no regrets. I don’t know what I’d have done without them.”