St Luke’s was founded in 1983 thanks largely to the efforts of Harold Hassall and Jim Littlemore who initiated public support for the hospice. Public Meetings were held all across the proposed catchment area and, as a result, support groups were established in local towns and villages to spread the message and to help the fundraising efforts.
The following years saw the formation of a company with charitable status and the purchase of Grosvenor House in Queensway Winsford, from funds raised by voluntary subscription.
The first Day Care patients were admitted in March 1988 and the hospice was officially opened by their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Wales on 18 May.
The generosity of the people of Cheshire made it possible to open a three-ward In-Care unit, complete with bathing facilities, laundry, kitchen, chapel and day room/dining room.
By 1992, a further extension was opened to house a multi-purpose area for Day Care and lectures, plus offices for volunteer and part-time administrative staff.
The Health Authority provides financial support.
A further extension added two single-bedded rooms plus a Medical Director’s office, relative’s room, and extra bathing facilities.
Day Care patient capacity was increased to 15 and Cheshire Hospices Education began palliative care training for nursing and medical professionals.
In 1999 the reception area was improved and a consulting room added, and the millennium year saw the introduction of the Complementary Therapy Clinic for day patients.
The Lymphoedema Clinic was introduced and the number of Complementary Therapy Clinics increased.
St Luke’s entered into a partnership with the local PCT and Macmillan Cancer Support which allowed the expansion of the Lymphoedema clinic into various locations around the area.
East Wing extension opened offering improved facilities for day care, Cheshire Hospices Education, catering and administration.
The Hospice established its first research programme in this period. University of Liverpool and the University of Lancaster were identified as academic partners. They supervised the two research projects the Hospice was funding. A tutor from Cheshire Hospices Education was commissioned to run one of these projects.
The Hospice received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was presented during a Royal Visit by the Duke of Gloucester.
A benefits adviser joined the social work team.
Complementary therapy staff were commissioned to run a service for patients at the local Macmillan Cancer Centre.
The Hospice received a grant to lead project work on end of life care in Dementia.
The purchase of Luke and the refurbishment carried out by Bentley at no cost to St Luke’s.
Received a grant to create fit for purpose rooms for our Lymphoedema service and our Reception.
Living Well, Dying Well, a public health approach to end of life, is launched in conjunction with other local groups.
Engaged with the PCT and Cheshire East in the development of a response to dementia and end of life care.
Appointed a year long post, funded by Dementia UK, investigating the resources required to address end of life care needs in people with dementia.
Funded research posts into end of life care in care homes, end of life needs in dementia and the effects of the public health approach to end of life.