The idea of establishing a hospice in the Grimsby area first canvassed in 1978. Rev. Julian Dunn, Rev. Michael Thorpe and Dr Harry Buckland arranged a series of gathering which culminated in a meeting of 70 people on 19th July 1979.

The idea of establishing a hospice in the Grimsby area was first canvassed in 1978 by Reverend Julian Dunn, priest at St Francis’ Church, Cleethorpes and Reverend Michael Thorpe, hospital chaplain at Grimsby General Hospital.

Both Julian and Michael had observed the benefits of hospice care in other areas, together with Dr Harry Buckland who was, at the time, the GP member of the Grimsby Health Authority Management Team. Together they arranged a series of gatherings which culminated in a meeting of 70 people held at Scartho Road hospital on 19th July 1979.

It was this meeting that lead to the decision of establishing a charity to be known as St Andrew’s Hospice. The name was chosen to acknowledge the seafaring traditions of the local populations for whom St Andrew’s Hospice would be both serving and drawing upon for its support.

St Andrew’s Hospice was registered as a charity early in 1980 and, with the assistance of Prue Gilbert and her district nursing team; the first day centre was opened on 26th January, 1980. This was situated at the Molson Centre in Kent Street, Grimsby, and operated on a Sunday.

A brand new book, ‘Making Each Day Count: 40 Years of The Great and The Good’ tells not only the story of the hospice throughout the four decades since it began in 1979, but includes tales and social history from the town, the locality and from across the globe.

The book is packed with photographs and nostalgia from the 40 years since the hospice began and takes you on a journey throughout the history of the organisation. It includes letters from patients and families who have utilised the services at the hospice, amazing fundraiser stories and excerpts from news articles.

A ‘Ruby Ball’, to which you are all invited, will celebrate 40 years of St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby – a charity that offers vital help and support to thousands of young people, adults and their families across Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding.

The ballroom of the Humber Royal Hotel in Grimsby will become a glittering, ruby-coloured wonder, ready to entertain people from far and wide and raise funds for the charity that has carried out incredible work over the last 40 years.

To pre-order ‘Making Each Day Count’, which will retail at £9.99, please contact 01472 571261 or or book your tickets to ‘The Ruby Ball’ here:

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