Sponsor a Nurse


2020 is a very special year at St Leonard’s Hospice. Not only is it our 35th birthday, it is also International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

The World Health Assembly designated 2020 the first ever International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to mark 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. Nurses play a vital role in providing health services, and are crucial to providing hospice care.

2020 also marks 35 years since the first In-patient was admitted to St Leonard’s Hospice, on 11th February 1985. As well as celebrating the milestone, we are looking at ways to ensure we can keep caring for people for the next 35 years.

You can help, by sponsoring a Nurse.

Nursing is at the heart of hospice care. Whether it’s using their expert knowledge of pain management and symptom control, their experience in supporting family members in distress or simply by providing a hand to hold in the middle of the night, the Hospice nurses are there 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They provide vital care which is free of charge to the patient both at the Hospice and in patients’ homes.

Val Noble is a Hospice@Home Nurse who has worked at the Hospice since the very beginning 35 years ago. She says: 

“There has been lots of change over the years as the Hospice reach has grown as we’ve got busier and more services, such as the Hospice@Home team I work in, have been developed.

It’s a privilege providing care in people’s homes. We care for the whole person, not just their physical symptoms. Hospice nurses provide support as soon as a life-limiting illness is diagnosed, supporting patients and their families at every stage.

By setting up a regular donation, you can make a real difference to local people and ensure the Hospice can care for people for years to come.”

Although St Leonard’s does get some public funding the majority of the running costs have to be raised from donations and fundraising by the local community.

Regular Giving is a quick and easy way to support the Hospice, and allows the Hospice to not only plan but also grow its services. You can choose your amount, frequency and payment method to suit you.

Get involved in the ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ campaign and set up a regular donation here.

You can also make a one-off donation here or call the Fundraising Team on 01904 777 777.