Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Weston Hospicecare - from 1989-2009
1989; After 18 months of planning, the first Weston Hospicecare office opens at The Boulevard, Weston-super-Mare
1990; Enough money is raised to employ the charity's first clinical nurse specialist. First shop opens in Baker Street, Weston-super-Mare.
1992; Day Hospice opens in Branton House for 2.5 days a week. Before this, it was running for the 18 months on Thursday afternoons at Milton Methodist Church Hall.
1994; First consultant appointed. Weston Hospicecare now has about 140 volunteers giving up their time in support of the Hospice.
1996; Jill Dando becomes patron of Weston Hospicecare and heads up The Mercury Millennium Appeal to raise 300,000 for the in-patient unit.
1997; Weston Hospicecare receives 303,000 in Lottery funding, enabling it to open a four-bed in-patient unit at Branton House.
1999; In-patient unit moves to Uphill Court and increases to six beds.
2000; June sees the launch of Weston Hospicecares Beachball Lottery.
2001; Jill Dandos garden at Grove House is opened. Weston Hospicecare is now supporting 500 patients per year.
2002; A sizeable legacy from Miss Enid Sybil Jackson-Barstow makes it possible for Weston Hospicecare to move to its current premises, Jackson-Barstow House in Uphill.
2003; Points West presenter Chris Vacher becomes patron of Weston Hospicecare.
2007; First Midnight Beach Walk is held on Weston beach.
2008; Colin Sills retires from the role of chief executive after 11 years' service. David Sunter becomes the chairman of the trustees. Philip Stevens joins Weston Hospicecare as chief executive.
2009; Weston Hospicecare launches its 20th birthday celebrations. Annual running costs have increased to 2.7million and the Hospice expects to help 1,000 patients over the coming year.