University partner celebrates 21 years at the cutting edge of palliative care
13 January 2015
St Kentigern Hospice will celebrate 21 years at the pinnacle of palliative care with a series of fundraising events throughout 2016.
The St Asaph-based centre – which has a close working partnership with Glyndŵr University Wrexham and the institution's OpTIC Centre - opened its doors in 1995 and has supported thousands/hundreds of patients and their families over that period.
The team are looking forward to celebrating in style by bringing the community together and shining a light on the incredible work of the many staff who continue to provide the highest levels of care.
Chairman Trefor Jones CVO OBE, hopes people across north east Wales will get behind the hospice – which costs £1.4million a year to run - as it drives new campaigns and appeals to further improve its offering in the heart of Denbighshire.
Trefor, also Chancellor of Glyndŵr University Wrexham, said: “We are very appreciative of the heartfelt generous support we have received from the community over the years; to establish us as a palliative care facility in the first respect and then to maintain and develop our presence over the past 21 years, aiding us through economic crisis and enabling us look forward in our 21st to develop St Kentigern Hospice for the future.
“I’m sure we can count on the people of Denbighshire and beyond to continue offering us their support, both financially and in spirit. You are vital to the hospice’s future and we are so grateful for the support you’ve given us over the decades.”
The hospice’s original fundraising group formed at its inaugural public meeting on April 29 1986 at Bodelwyddan Castle and Lady Langford was appointed Vice Chairman of the committee.
Lady Langford (pictured with Trefor) is still a big part of St Kentigern Hospice currently in post as President.
She added: “It is remarkable to think how far we have come and the incredible achievements that have been; and continue to be, accomplished through the hard work and dedication of the hospice team, including staff, volunteers and the wider community.”
St Kentigern Hospice provides specialist palliative care services, completely free of charge, for adults across north east Wales. Taking in Colwyn Bay in the west along the coast to Northop in the east and inland encompassing, Ruthin, Corwen, Denbigh and Llangernyw.
Services include an 8 patient ward, Physiotherapy, Daycare unit for up to 15 patients, Outpatient clinic, Occupational therapy, Bereavement support and Complimentary therapies.
In 2016 it will cost more than £1.4 million to run the Hospice which equates to more than £3800 per day. Just 18% of this will come from the Local Health Board, it is only enough funding to support the Hospice for 66 days. The Hospice therefore greatly relies upon on the generosity of the communities it serves in North East Wales to raise the additional funding for the remaining 299 days of the year.