St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire
35th Birthday
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Our History

St Barnabas Hospice Trust was created to provide a haven of comfort, care and relief for cancer patients in Lincolnshire.

In 1979 a small group of people with total funds of £270, established a charitable trust with the aim of developing a local hospice based entirely on charitable support.

The people of Lincolnshire delved deep into their pockets and in 1982 the Trust purchased an existing nursing home on Lindum Terrace in Lincoln. With suitable alterations we were able to open the first four beds on the ground floor in June 1982 and a further two beds in 1984.

By 1989 the reputation of the hospice and demand for the service had grown and as the Lindum Terrace site could not be expanded further, the hospice purchased the former Bromhead nurses home on Nettleham Road after a big fundraising appeal for extensive alterations. This building was able to provide full-time inpatient facilities for up to eleven patients, a daycare service for up to ten patients per day and an improved and more efficient operational base for the home care nursing team.

In 1990 a fundamental Welfare Service emerged which has gradually developed to its current structure of ten staff working across the county who have achieved over 5 million pounds in benefits in the last year for patients, families and carers.

A bereavement support service was established in 1993 based in Lincoln, offering support once a week to families and carers once a week. Over the years this has developed and now facilitates 56 groups per month throughout the county.

Over the next few years the Trust expanded further and by 1994 had five day centres operating around Lincolnshire, ie Gainsborough, Sutton-on-Sea, Lincoln (Lea Centre), Boston and Spalding. Lincoln day care re-located to Hawthorn Road in 2001 and the centre was officially opened by Princess Alexandra.

The Trust formed its Shops Company and opened its first shop in Lincoln and now has a total of 22 shops in various locations around the county. In November 1996 St Barnabas formed a Promotions Company, which operates a lottery service throughout the county.

In 2008 the inpatient unit underwent an extensive refurbishment programme and was re-opened in December 2008. An official opening ceremony was performed by Professor Mike Richards, CBE, National Director for Cancer and End of Life Care, in February 2009.

In 2010 St Barnabas merged with Gifts Hospice in Grantham and since then we have established a community centre incorporating our day therapy service which provides much needed support to patients in that area. We are now also based in Bourne providing hospice at home services from above the St Barnabas shop.

In 2011 along with United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, we appointed a long awaited consultant in palliative medicine who is based at our Inpatient Unit and Lincoln County Hospital. Since then we have jointly appointed a further two consultants in palliative medicine; one based in Boston and the other in Grantham.

In 2012 we celebrated our 30th anniversary of caring and supporting patients and their families throughout Lincolnshire. We will continue to develop and improve our hospice services so that our patients receive the highest standard palliative and end of life care.

St Barnabas currently employs 280 staff and has 1000 volunteers who help to provide support to patients and their families at all sites throughout the county. The Trust requires £4 million per year to provide the current services. Our Fundraising Team work very hard to raise much needed funds by organising varying events around the county.