Hundreds attend hospice's 30th anniversary service

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 May 2019

A 30th anniversary cake was cut as part of the celebration.

A 30th anniversary cake was cut as part of the celebration.

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Around 200 people returned to the roots of Weston Hospicecare on Tuesday to celebrate the charity's 30th anniversary with a thanksgiving service.

The service was held at Christ Church.The service was held at Christ Church.

The hospice was formed in 1989 as the result of the hard work and vision of a team of volunteers linked to Christ Church in Montpelier.

It was formally launched with the opening of a small office in 1989, a first shop in 1990, and the recruitment of two nurses later that year.

Three decades on, and the hospice has evolved substantially from those humble beginnings, but continues to be run with the same core value of providing expert, compassionate and inclusive care to people with life-limiting illnesses.

A number of the hospice's founders joined past and present staff, volunteers, patients and families at Christ Church on Tuesday to celebrate the hospice's 30-year story.

Chief executive Paul Winspear outlined ambitions for the hospice’s next 30 years.Chief executive Paul Winspear outlined ambitions for the hospice’s next 30 years.

The service was led by hospice chaplain Karen Murphy, and saw founder members Rev Geoff Hobden and Rev Pam Pembro recount the story of the hospice's early days, and current chief executive Paul Winspear speak of hopes and ambitions for the hospice's future.

The event also included video interviews with hospice patients and volunteers, and uplifting music from Churchill Academy's Youthful Spirit Gospel Choir.

Karen said: “This celebration event for the hospice's 30th anniversary was an opportunity for people connected with our work for many years, and more recently, to gather together in thanksgiving for the continuing services we offer to our community.

“We were shown a comprehensive video of the range of the hospice's work with patients, families and in the wider community through our shops which illustrated just how large an operation the hospice is.”

The event was attended by a host of local dignitaries, including Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset's representative, the Mayor and Mayoress of Weston, and by the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham and Highbridge.

The hospice's chiec executive Paul Winspear added: “Thank you to all the staff who helped make the evening a success. It was a fitting occasion to mark our 30th birthday year, and wholly appropriate to go back to Christ Church where it all began.”

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