2018 is a big year for St Luke’s as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. We have changed a lot since Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially opened the Hospice back in 1988 but one thing that hasn’t is our commitment to care for local people and their families when they need us the most.

As well as the specialist care on our Inpatient Unit, which supports people approaching the end of their life, St Luke’s offers a range of services for people from the moment they are diagnosed right through to supporting families following bereavement.

The Cheshire community originally began raising money to build St Luke’s in 1983. After years of hard work and dedication by its founding members and the local community, St Luke’s officially opened to patients on 7th March 1988.

Today fundraising is more important than ever because almost 85% of care costs are raised in this way, so the support of our local community is absolutely essential. So throughout 2018, we are encouraging the people of Cheshire to really get behind our fundraising and help celebrate our anniversary by taking part in a fundraising event or organising a fundraiser in their community.

Our Interim Chief Executive, Vickie Morrey (pictured) said: “We bring such a positive experience to people’s lives at St Luke’s and we are very much looking forward to continuing to care in this way for many more years to come.”

“Fundraising activities and events in the community play an enormous role in the day to day running of the Hospice, so I really want to encourage everyone to join in and be part of such an exciting year for us. More than anything I’m really hoping that local people will get behind St Luke’s as they did 30 years ago and help to make this year a real celebration!”

There are lots of ways to get involved at a time to suit, from organising a red-themed dress down day for Valentine’s Day to raising £30 in 30 days, or taking part in the family-friendly Bubble Rush to taking on a real challenge with the Great Wall of China Trek; their fundraising team insist there is something for everyone!

We also keen to hear from members of the public who have fond memories of St Luke’s throughout our history, perhaps from the days before the Hospice was opened when we raised money from an office above the Butchers in Middlewich, or just special memories you have about our care services. Please share your memories with Amy Magee at St Luke’s Hospice, Grosvenor House, Queensway, Winsford CW7 1BH, or email enquiries@stlukes-hospice.co.uk.

Find out more information about the different ways you can support our 30th anniversary celebrations.