Our history

 

1978
Idea of a Hospice in York suggested by four Royal College of Nursing members
 
1978 October
First open meeting held and Steering Committee chosen
 
1978 December
Steering Committee’s first meeting
 
1978 -1982
Informal fundraising
 
1982 May
Formal Appeal for £750,000 launched by Archbishop Stuart Blanch
 
1983 November
New Hospice foundation stone laid by Archbishop John Habgood
 
1984 February
Day Hospice opens one day a week
 
1984 September
In-patient Unit completed
 
1985 February 11
First in-patient admitted
 
1985 June 1st
Official opening by our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Kent
 
1986
Day Hospice increases to two days a week
 
1987
Day Hospice increases to three days a week
 
1990 February
Thanksgiving Service at York Minster for five years
 
1990 December
Extensions added to In-patient Unit and Day Care
 
1992 January
Day Care  increases to four days a week
 
1995 February
Thanksgiving Service at York Minster for ten years
 
1998 October
£2 million Millennium Appeal launched
 
1998 - 1999
First Hospice Light up a Life Christmas tree at York Station
 
2000 February
Thanksgiving Service at York Minster for fifteen years
 
2000 April
Millennium Appeal reaches £1 million
 
2000 July
On-site work begins for new annexe
 
2000 October 24
New annexe foundation stone laid by Archbishop David Hope
 
2001 July
£2 million Millennium Appeal target reached
 
2001 November
Staff and patients move into new annexe
 
2001 Winter
Original buildings redeveloped for Daycare
 
2002 July 10
Official opening of new building by HRH The Duke of York
 
2003 June
Hospice Weekly Prize Draw launched
 
2005 February
Thanksgiving Service at York Minster for twenty years
 
2006 Spring
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu becomes President of the Hospice
 
2006 Autumn
The Stables Coffee Stop opens in the former Day Care
 
2008 June
First Midnight Walk in aid of the Hospice
 
2008 - 2009
The main entrance to the Hospice is remodelled
 
2009 December
Hospice@Home service is launched
 
2010
Silver Jubilee Year
 
2010 June 6
25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service, York Minster
 
2010 Nov 27
Thanksgiving Dinner at the National Railway Museum
 
2013 - 2014
Refurbishment of Day Care, Family Area, Chapel and
In-patient Unit as a result of a grant from the Department of Health
2015
St Leonard's Celebrates its 30th Anniversary of caring for local people.  You can learn more about our history here.