In 1996, Rod Kent was given just three to six months to live – but unlike many of those diagnosed with a terminal illness, he and his family were fortunate. They had the support of the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home.
As the charity marks 25 years of keeping families together, they can also celebrate the ongoing support of Hyatt Studios, Hertfordshire’s leading photographers – where Rod’s daughter, Vicky Frosdick, has worked for the past 12 years.
“The Iain Rennie carers became part of the family”, remembers Vicky, “and I really believe they kept Dad going. He stayed with us for 22 months after that diagnosis and was even working up to six weeks before he died. They were absolutely fantastic.”
Prompted by Vicky’s experience, Hyatt Studios has donated thousands to the Hospice over the years, including £750 in the last six months.
“The work Iain Rennie does is invaluable – Vicky’s story proves that,” says Guy Mayer, the owner and Creative Director of Hyatt Studios. “It’s important for me to support local charities and so Iain Rennie were an obvious choice. They keep families together and, at this time of the year, that’s very important.”
Offering those involved with the Hospice the chance to sit for a free family portrait, Hyatt Studios gave those affected by terminal illness the chance to create a beautiful, lasting reminder of their loved ones.
“It was a humbling experience,” recalls Guy. “One that I feel fortunate to have been able to offer.”
Hyatt Studios are always looking for opportunities to help other charities and local community projects. If you think we can help you, get in touch on 01442 824 747.