Thanks to donations from the local community, Bournemouth’s unique hotel for those with cancer, The Grove, has unveiled a new minibus for trips across the coast and beyond.
The Grove Hotel, Grove Road, Bournemouth, a not-for-profit hotel for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, recently unveiled their new guest minibus at a special event attended by The Worshipful The Mayor & Mayoress of Bournemouth, Councillor & Mrs Lawrence Williams, along with guests, friends, and supporters. The new and upgraded minibus was funded by local businesses, organisations and individual donations following an appeal to local communities after their previous minibus was continuously breaking down. This included a considerable £15,000 donation from the Freemasons and an equally large contribution from an individual supporter.
Emblazoned with the phrase ‘your illness might not take a break but you can’, the minibus encapsulates the aims of the hotel which is to provide a welcome holiday retreat for cancer patients and those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Run by a local Christchurch-based charity, Macmillan Caring Locally, The Grove provides various free services for their guests to help create unforgettable memories with their loved ones, including a beach hut on Bournemouth beach. Thanks to support from the community, the new minibus will provide the opportunity for hotel residents, plus Day Centre patients at Macmillan Caring Locally’s Macmillan unit, to enjoy free day trips to loved local areas including Swanage, the New Forest, Christchurch, Poole, Salisbury and Wimborne.
The Mayor said:
“The Grove Hotel is a much loved and appreciated part of the community. The services which are provided are like no other and help make many of its guests stay one which is deeply remembered. The support they have received is overwhelming and it really does emphasize just how special and important The Grove’s services are both locally and beyond.”
Brenden Howard, General Manager of The Grove, said:
“We’re proud that The Grove is able to provide this valuable service for our guests. The new mini-bus means those who stay with us and their loved ones can continue to create lasting experiences and memories while knowing that there is help is on hand should it be needed.”