Who We Are
The Pepper Foundation is a registered charity which funds the hospice at home children's nursing team managed by Rennie Grove Hospice Care (RGHC). This innovative paediatric team, (known as the Pepper Nurses), offers specialist palliative care and support to children with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness throughout the Chilterns area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The nurses work with families to provide individualised care and support for each child in their own home on a 24 hour, 365 days of the year, on-call basis.
The Pepper Nurses currently care for more than 50 children at any one time, at absolutely no cost to the patients or their families.
What does the service provide?
The nurses are qualified paediatric nurses with extensive experience in caring for children and young people up to 19 years of age with conditions that require palliative or end-of-life care. The team works in partnership with all other professionals involved with the child and family to ensure co-ordination of care.
A terminal illness does not just affect the patient, healthy siblings can also be affected. Family support has always been an integral part of the nursing team's philosophy of care which is why The Pepper Foundation also provides funding for the Children's and Family Support Therapist who offers pre and post bereavement support to families. The one to one support the Children’s and Family Support Therapist and the team of Children’s Support Volunteers offer to children who are either bereaved or who are facing bereavement is invaluable.
The nursing service is provided free of charge for children throughout the Chilterns area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire and is responsive, flexible and tailored to meet the needs of individual families.
Watch the Pepper Nurses at work!