Date published: Thursday 16th January 2020 | 10:35 GMT
St Clare celebrates 30 years of care in 2020
In 2020, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Hospice, having supported our first patient in 1990. Since forming, we have supported more than 15,000 families facing one of life’s most difficult journeys.
Sarah Thompson, our Chief Executive, said: “30 years ago St Clare was founded by a small group of dedicated people who had the vision to support all local people facing death, dying and loss. I am proud to say that this vision remains at the heart of all we do today. From the seed that was planted three decades ago, and with the support of our generous local communities and supporters, we have grown to become a leading organisation in the field of specialist palliative care. But, looking ahead to what the next 30 years will hold for us, it is clear that our support will be needed more than ever.”
Sarah continued: “We know that 2,900 people die each year in West Essex, and that of these, it estimated that 75% of these deaths would have been predictable. We also know that the number of people who die in hospital in our local area is higher than the national average – and yet the vast majority of people would prefer to die in their own home or a hospice. We will therefore need to step up to the mark, and support even more people in the coming years, to ensure no one in our community faces death and loss on their own.”
One of our longest standing members of staff is our Medical Director, Dr Qamar Abbas, who joined St Clare in 2000 when the Inpatient Unit first opened.
Reflecting on our 30th anniversary, Dr Abbas commented: “When I joined St Clare back in 2000 I was the only doctor and we had less than 50 staff in total. We now have 5 doctors, more than 170 staff and over 550 volunteers. We cared for around 350 patients a year in 2000 and now we support more than 1,500 people annually, and offer support services to an additional 500 family and friends.”
Dr Abbas continued: “We wouldn’t have been able to grow our services and support this many people without the ongoing support of our local community. On behalf of everyone at St Clare Hospice we want to say thank you to the people of West Essex and East Herts for supporting your local Hospice over the past three decades, and enabling us to care for people and families in your local community.”
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For more information about plans to mark St Clare Hospice’s 30th birthday, visit: stclarehospice.org.uk/30th-birthday