Wednesday 11th February marked the beginning of our 30th Anniversary celebrations!

St Leonard’s Hospice is celebrating 30 years of caring for local people!


Posted Feb 11

Wednesday 11th February marked the beginning of our 30th Anniversary celebrations!

On the 11th February 1985, our first patient entered the In-patient Unit at St Leonard’s Hospice.  Since then the Hospice has gone from strength to strength with the opening of a 20 bedded In-patient Unit in 2002 and the launch of Hospice@Home in 2009.  Over this time we have cared for nearly 8,000 patients and approximately four times as many family members.  And this is thanks to YOU!

Other recent developments include the changes in the NHS in 2013, which meant our catchment area nearly doubled overnight to serve a population of 352,000.  To meet this demand, our delivery of care was adapted, resulting in the expansion of our Hospice@Home service.  Also in 2014, a Department of Health grant and a large legacy made it possible to refurbish our patient areas within the Hospice itself.

Our care is free to patients and carers – but not free to provide! It costs £11,000 a day to care for our patients – we receive 27% funding from the Government and 73% is raised by YOU - through donations, fundraising, legacies and retail therapy at our 11 shops. Celebrate our 30th year with the Hospice shops and sign up to the new Retail Loyalty Card, which will be available at the end of the month.  

As well as holding a number of events to celebrate our Anniversary we will soon be launching the ‘St Leonard’s Care Everywhere!’ appeal, to raise £30,000 in our 30th year for 3 Hospice@Home support vehicles - watch this space!

The York Press have written a special 30th Anniversary Supplement with interviews from patients, volunteers and staff - please read it here.

Thank you for helping us to care for local people – we couldn’t do it without you!!!