St Barnabas celebrates 25 years of caring for local people in Boston

St Barnabas marks 25 years since the Boston Hospice building was officially opened by Dr Denis Brackenbridge.

Not only are St Barnabas Hospice celebrating their 35th birthday this year, but on 28th October it will also be the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Boston Hospice building.

To mark the special anniversary, the Boston Hospice is inviting the local community to join them for a glass of fizz, cup of tea and slice of anniversary cake on Saturday 28th October at 12pm.

The event will be held at St Barnabas Hospice, Green Lane, Boston, PE21 9NB, and will see the Worshipful Mayor of Boston, Councillor Bernard Rush, and the local MP for Boston and Skegness, Matt Warman, in attendance.

St Barnabas Hospice opened its doors to its first patient 35 years ago. Over three decades later and more than 80,000 people have received free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support across Lincolnshire.

To help reach a £100,000 birthday target, the charity is challenging the local community to take on 35 challenges for St Barnabas in their ‘Do 35 for 35’ campaign.

Leading the fundraising is Hospice Chief Executive, Chris Wheway. Chris said:

“I am really excited about taking on these challenges and hope the local community will join me. Since I joined St Barnabas, I have witnessed the incredible lengths our community will go to in order to support the Hospice and raise much needed funds.

“Inspired by their selfless acts of generosity, I decided to put myself out there and help as much as I can to raise the extra £100,000 we have pledged”

With the support of the local community, the Hospice has grown and developed its services over the past 35 years and now has a workforce of 330 paid members of staff who are supported by 1,100 dedicated volunteers.

Last year St Barnabas Hospice supported more than 9,000 people across Lincolnshire, and over 2,000 people were cared for within their own homes by the St Barnabas community nursing team.

All of the care and services are delivered free of charge, but this year the charity must raise £5.5 million to continue.

Chris said:

“Our birthday celebration isn’t just about the Hospice; it is about the people of Lincolnshire and is our opportunity to thank them for their unwavering support.

“Our mission is to continue to deliver high-quality care and ensure that we are around for another 35 years and beyond.”

Visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk or email fundraising@stbarnabashospice.co.uk for more information about how to get involved in the ‘Do 35 for 35’ campaign.

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