A bag for Rena
In March 2016 I lost my mother Rena to cancer. I should say ‘we lost’ as I am the youngest of 5 plus Rena had grandchildren, family and many friends. We all lost.
When diagnosed, Rena decided not to fight; she wanted no treatment, only to be allowed to go peacefully. Seems cancer had a very different agenda. It fought Rena till the very end, fiercely and systematically stripping her of anything she enjoyed and loved. A librarian and voracious reader, not being able to read was the last straw. She carefully placed a much-loved handbag next to her, in it her hairbrush, lipstick, wallet, the last letters and cards she’d received and the book she had begun and longed to finish reading.
Shortly after her passing I designed The Rena bag in her memory, based on her special handbag.
Although Nadia Minkoff London had been making regular donations to the Royal Trinity Hospice since 2002, I don’t think I fully grasped the extent of the incredibly difficult, yet absolutely vital service Hospices and Palliative carers provide until I experienced this first-hand.
It took me 3 years to bring myself to talk to the Royal Trinity Hospice about The Rena Bag; I guess sometimes we simply need to give ourselves time to recover. But on the day of the third anniversary of her passing, I contacted them to let them know how much I would like to support them by giving back profits from the sale of The Rena bag to help them.
For every Rena bag sold we can fund a clothing kit for a Trinity Community Nurse, or 5 days’ worth of equipment for the Art therapy workshops held by the Hospice, or nearly 2 days’ maintenance of its award- winning gardens that offer much needed tranquillity to patients and their loved ones.
So please join me on this journey.
Royal Trinity Hospice may be London based but what it really comes down to is helping people, no matter where they are, throughout the hardest of times.
Royal Trinity Hospice is the local hospice and only dedicated provider of palliative and end of life care for central and southwest London. Trinity is dedicated to supporting patients to live every moment they have left and to being there for their loved ones of all ages.
Trinity’s team of experts provides care both at its Clapham Common home and out in the community, wherever patients call home. In Clapham, as well as inpatient beds, the charity offers a range of outpatient activities designed to support patients to manage the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical challenges that a life-limiting diagnosis can bring. At any one time, Trinity is caring for around 700 patients at the hospice or at home.
Trinity is a charity and the skilled, compassionate care and support it provides to over 2,500 patients and their families every year is completely free of charge. Every year, Trinity must raise over £9.5 million to supplement the income received from the NHS in order to continue providing its free care. This is raised through Trinity’s network of 31 shops, fundraising and invaluable support from partners such as Nadia Minkoff.
You can find out more about Royal Trinity Hospice at royaltrinityhospice.london.
The Rena Bags for Royal Trinity Hospice
For every bag sold, £40 goes directly to Royal Trinity Hospice London.