30th Birthday Appeal

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Celebrating 30 years of care in 2020!

This year, St Clare Hospice is celebrating its 30th Birthday, after the charity was founded in 1990. We cared for our first patient 30 years ago. Since then, St Clare has cared for more than 15,000 families facing one of life’s most difficult journeys, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

With the support of our generous local communities and supporters, we have grown to be a leading organisation in the field of specialist palliative care – serving local communities throughout West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

However, with our ambitious goals to reach more local people who need us, and their families, we need your support more than ever.

We have to raise £8,000 each and every day to provide our vital support services to people in your local community – Any gift you can give today will go a long way to helping us continue to be there for people that need us…

Thank you!

30 year milestone

Each year, our services continue to grow and develop, reaching more local people, facing death, dying and loss, than ever. As we approach our next big birthday, we took a trip down ‘memory lane’ to remember all of our accomplishments we have achieved over the past 30 years – all with thanks to the support of our generous, local communities.

Click here to see our 30 Years of St Clare Hospice infographic full size!

As explained above, St Clare Hospice was founded by a small group of dedicated people who had the vision to support all local people facing death, dying and loss – a vision that still remains at the heart of all we do today. Here is a story from one of those dedicated people…

A letter from Audrey…

My name is Audrey Marlow and I have been volunteering at St Clare Hospice for 30 years. As I reflect on the past three decades of St Clare Hospice, I wanted to share my story as one of the very first volunteers to support the charity, all those years ago. It was in 1990 when I first heard about a group of people in the community working hard to get a local hospice off the ground. I was still working at the time, but I offered to help them as and when I could.

I was a founding member of the community fundraising group, Harlow Friends, and we have organised many fundraising events over the years – from selling cakes at local fayres to organising street collections and hosting various events. Harlow Friends have raised over £172,000 for St Clare Hospice, which we are very proud of.

I never thought in 1990 that St Clare Hospice would be such a large part of my life. I just envisaged baking the odd sponge cake here and there!

Looking ahead to what the future holds for St Clare, it is clear that your support will be needed more than ever. Thank you.

£30 could pay for a week’s worth of one patient’s essential clinical supplies

£60 could pay for 3 one-hour counselling sessions for a bereaved child

£90 could pay for a week’s worth of home-cooked meals for a patient staying with us

With my warmest wishes,



Audrey Marlow, Volunteer