2017 marks 50 years of the hospice movement in the UK.

Did you know that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the hospice movement?

Nurse Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher's, the first modern hospice, in London in 1967 on the ethos that dying people need and deserve dignity, respect and compassion.

She established the discipline of palliative care, and St Christopher's is now part of a UK-wide network of more than 200 hospices.  She was made a Dame and passed away in 2005.


Below is a timeline of our development here at St Andrew's Hospice...

1967: The hospice movement was inspired by Dame Cicely Saunders, who founded St Christopher's Hospice in London in this year, and encouraged a radical new approach to end-of-life care.

1978: The idea of establishing a hospice in the Grimsby area was mooted. Seventy people attended a meeting in July 1979, and the decision was taken to establish a charity called St Andrew's Hospice. A Trust Deed was drafted and signed.

1980: St Andrew's Hospice was registered as a charity and a day centre opened at the Molson Centre, in Kent Street, Grimsby. In May 1981, a fundraising campaign began and a search launched for more suitable premises.

1983: Beech Farm House, in Waltham Road, Scartho, came onto the market. By this time, hospice funds had risen to more than £50,000, and in February 1984, The Beeches, as it became known, was purchased. It opened on October 14, 1984. The following year, the first hospice charity shop opened.

1986: Demand had risen for in-patient facilities at The Beeches and plans for rooms there were approved. The first overnight patients were welcomed on December 12, and annual running costs rose immediately from £18,000 to £150,000.

1992: By now, The Beeches was at breaking point, due to service demands. In May 1993, the charity made an offer of £150,000 to purchase a site in Peaks Lane, which was accepted.

1995: BBC newsreader Martyn Lewis officially opened the new hospice in Peaks Lane on November 30.

1998: Agreement was given in principle that a children’s hospice should be built. It opened in 2000, and is now known as Andy’s at St Andrew’s Hospice.

2000s: More hospice shops opened around the region, as well as tea bars in Immingham and Hull.

2010: The majority of the year was spent trying to keep track of huge changes occurring in health care in general. Hospices have been the main provider of specialist palliative care in the UK since their inception, but the Government began taking a more active interest in how end-of-life care services were delivered. Moves began to provide efficient and effective services to as many people as possible. For a number of years, the hospice had extended its care provision to patients with any life-limiting illness, such as those with chronic heart and lung conditions and Multiple Sclerosis, to name but a few - although many still think hospices only care for cancer patients.

2012: The hospice began saving in earnest to fund a £6.5-million redevelopment in Peaks Lane. This was kickstarted because NHS England gave the charity a grant of just under £1-million for a new build.

2015: On March 28, the new St Andrew’s Hospice officially opened.  The ribbon was cut by the then 10-year-old hospice ambassador George Kavanagh and Belinda Watson, the mother of Glenn, the children's hospice's first ever patient.

2016: In April, a health and wellbeing centre was opened, focusing on the holistic needs of patients, their carers, family and friends.



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