Shirley’s Story

“The companionship I’ve received through Supporting Hands is very important to me. I can’t praise the project enough.”

Shirley’s Story

Shirley and her family

When Shirley first heard about Rennie Grove’s volunteer-led befriending service, Supporting Hands, through one of our specialist nurses she thought it sounded helpful, but had no idea of the positive impact it would have on her life. More than two years on, and Shirley, 83, from Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, says Supporting Hands has contributed to her being able to stay in the home that she loves.

“I’ve lived in my home for 50 years,” Shirley said. “I nursed my husband Colin here before he sadly died from Alzheimer’s Disease, and we raised our children here. Home has also taken on even more meaning for me since I started coping with long-term illness. You can’t underestimate how much it means to me and I just want to be able to stay here.

“Rennie Grove has now been supporting me for two-and-a-half years. I have a chronic heart condition where three of my heart valves aren’t functioning properly, and other associated heart complications. The condition affects me physically by leaving me almost constantly breathless. I feel continually tired, and also my health issues do sometimes leave me feeling extremely depressed.

“The companionship I’ve received through Supporting Hands is very important to me. I don’t want to sit and talk about my ailments, but the volunteers come to see you with their own aspect on life. Sheila is so lively that I always look forward to our conversations, and we have built a strong friendship. I can’t praise the Supporting Hands project enough.”


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