The bunting’s up, the cake’s iced and the tea cups are waiting to be filled… because St Luke’s Hospice is celebrating its 30th birthday this weekend (18th – 20th May).
As Prince Harry prepares to say ‘I do’, staff and volunteers at St Luke’s are thinking back to exactly 30 years ago when his parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, officially opened the hospice.
Nurse Pauline Burdsall who has worked at St Luke’s for 29 of the last 30 years commented: “I remember the day Charles and Diana opened the hospice so clearly.
“It was such a huge honour that they were coming to our small town to open our hospice. It was quite incredible.”
She added: “This weekend will be a double celebration as we have a royal wedding as well as well as the hospice’s official birthday to enjoy.”
The hospice is taking the opportunity to thank volunteers, some of whom have been supporting St Luke’s since fundraising for the charity first began in 1983.
A special event will be held on Sunday 20th May to show gratitude for all their hard work and to celebrate the difference St Luke’s has made in the community over the last three decades.
The hospice currently supports around 200 people each week through a variety of care and support services.
As well as the specialist care on St Luke’s inpatient unit, which supports people approaching the end of their life, the hospice offers a range of services for people from the moment they are diagnosed right through to supporting families following bereavement.
Dr Kate Smith, who joined St Luke’s when it first opened its doors in 1988, said: “Over the last 30 years, St Luke’s has grown from a day hospice for 7 patients, to offer a huge range of services for people at possibly the most challenging times of their lives.
“Some of these are at our original centre in Winsford, but we have other teams working at Winterley Grange, Leighton Hospital, Primary Care Centres, and even seeing some people in their own homes.”
She continued: “We try, and I think succeed, in keeping things as homely as possible while still providing a specialist level of expertise.
“All our departments – those dealing with the background administration and fundraising, as well as those in direct contact with our patients and their carers – know that the patient and those they love are at the centre of all our care and our reason for being here, and it is a privilege to have been able to give them our support over the last 30 years.”
Throughout 2018, the team at St Luke’s is encouraging the people of Cheshire to really get behind their fundraising efforts and help celebrate their anniversary by taking part in a fundraising event or organising a fundraiser in their community.
For more information about the different ways you can support St Luke’s 30th birthday celebrations please visit: www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/celebrating30