Celebrating our 30th anniversary
On Friday 24th April 1987, at approximately 3pm, St Michael’s Hospice was officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, marking the beginnings of an invaluable asset in Hastings and Rother. In recognition of this momentous occasion, we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary throughout 2017.
Since opening our doors, we have welcomed thousands of patients, providing excellent holistic care and support for all those throughout Hastings and Rother affected by a progressive life-limiting illness or bereavement. Over the past 30 years, our services have developed to offer high standards of palliative care and support, including Hospice at Home care, Bereavement Services and our award winning Hospice Neighbours scheme.
As we move in to our 30th year, we are looking to celebrate with the residents of Hastings and Rother throughout the year, including Celebratory Teas in six locations.
Celia Pyke-Lees, Chief Executive said “We will be welcoming and encouraging everyone in Hastings and Rother to be a part of our 30th anniversary events and celebrations. The community plays a vital role in the work we do, and without the support of those who generously give their time or donations, we simply wouldn’t be able to provide our specialist care and support.”
We are also inviting supporters to create a personalised fabric bunting panel, which will be taken to celebratory events throughout 2017. If you would like to create a bunting panel, a template can be downloaded here. Additionally, we are appealing for recipes to include in a 30th Anniversary recipe book, which will be available in the Autumn. If you would like to submit a recipe for consideration, please email us.
Reach for the virtual skies to raise money for the Hospice, a new, innovative and 100% eco-friendly event. The virtual balloon race mimics a real race and is programmed to use current weather information to ensure the balloons move according to prevailing wind patterns. Fundraisers can also choose balloon colours and decorate them ahead of their release. With some amazing prizes to be won, including a hot air balloon ride for 4, plus much more, for more information visit our Virtual Balloon Race page.