Hospice keen to hear old stories as it prepares for anniversary

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A hospice is looking to hear from its first visitors as it prepares to mark a milestone anniversary.

Staff at St Oswald’s Hospice are preparing to mark the facility’s 30th anniversary in Gosforth, Newcastle.

And to add to their celebrations they are looking for family and friends of their first patients to share their story.

Angela Edgell, director of care services at St Oswald’s, said: “I have been involved with the Hospice almost from the beginning and year on year I am reminded how the hospice draws the community together.

“Without generous donations from our supporters, St Oswald’s would not be able to run and we wouldn’t be here 30 years on.

“We are very excited about our upcoming anniversary. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff and volunteers.

“To help us celebrate this achievement, we would love to hear from our first visitors. Perhaps you knew someone who was a patient here at the very beginning. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch.”

Over 30 years ago, founder of the hospice, Dorothy Jameson had a vision. Her campaign began in the 1970s, her aim; to raise the £2m necessary to open St Oswald’s.

In June 1984, the first bricks were laid and by July 7, 1986, St Oswald’s Hospice opened their doors for the first time.

Since then, the Hospice has been ever moving forward.

In addition to an inpatient unit, St Oswald’s has a range of day and outpatients services, including their Lymphoedema Service, which is recognised as a national centre of excellence.

2000 saw the launch of an appeal to expand the hospice and open a specialist Children and Young Adults Unit, offering care and respite for the children and their families.

For more information about St Oswald’s Hospice visit, www.stoswaldsuk.org

If you were there when it all began please contact St Oswald’s Hospice communications team at enquiries@stoswaldsuk.org or call (0191) 246 9054.