Pepper and a New President

Today, new Amersham Rotary president David Bevan took over the mantle for the forthcoming Rotary year from past president Derek Bryant who bows out after a busy and hectic year in office.

President David’s nominated charity for this year is the Pepper Foundation, which offers specialist palliative care and support to children with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness in their own homes.

Representing the Pepper Foundation today, Julie Munro explained to Rotary members how the Foundation funds a children’s nursing team, currently of seven nurses, who are managed by Rennie Grove Hospice Care (RGHC). This innovative paediatric team, (known as the Pepper Nurses) works with families to provide individualised care and support for each child in their own homes on a 24 hour, 365 days of the year, on-call basis.

The nursing service is provided free of charge for children throughout the Chilterns area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire . As a registered charity Pepper relies heavily on the generosity of the local community to fund its work.   On average it has to raise a minimum of £450,000 annually which comes directly from individuals, community groups, local businesses, trusts, schools, fundraising events and from gifts in wills and legacies.

These donations ensure that Pepper nurses can continue to work with families to provide the care and support that each child needs in their own home environment.