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The Louth & District Hospice was founded in 2002, in response to a very real and urgent need in the local community. Our main aim was to develop a range of services for people with terminal illnesses, and to provide support for their families and carers.
In February 2002 a Company Limited by Guarantee was established, and in July 2002 we became a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission. We also registered for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the Criminal Records Bureau, and the Inland Revenue for Gift Aid.
We have always been a not-for-profit organisation, established to provide or fund professional care free at the point of use.
A Business Plan was launched in October 2002, and one month later an Appeal for £250,000 was launched in conjunction with The Louth Leader. This target was achieved in October 2004.
In the year prior to reaching our target however, in June 2003, in partnership with United Hospitals Lincolnshire Trust Limited and East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, we were delighted to be able to open a new palliative respite day care facility at the Woldside Day Unit at Louth Hospital.
Then during 2004 we sought to consolidate our position, work with potential partners in the NHS, and pursue our efforts to find a suitable site for a purpose built Hospice within Louth.
In the Autumn of 2005 the Trustees were delighted to announce the donation of three acres of land by retired farmer, the now late Mr Frank Nicholson, specifically for the building of a new Louth Hospice.
In February 2007, whilst planning and fund raising towards a new building continued, we were able to fund and launch our Home Support Service, with the aim of supporting patients with life limiting and/or life threatening illnesses but in their own homes, by funding a range of home help services, delivered free at the point of need. This service is delivered by Age UK and continues, funded by our Charity, to the present day.
Louth Hospice was built, in an area of national outstanding beauty on the outskirts of Louth, and was opened in August 2013. The building operates as a Day Care Centre, leased to St. Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire, who provide a range of services in and around this flagship purpose built facility.
Louth & District Hospice Limited continues to raise funds to expand existing services as well as develop new projects to provide care, activity, and support to those within Louth and surrounding towns and villages who have life changing, life limiting, or indeed life threatening conditions, plus of course support their families and carers.
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- Mr D Crombleholme – Chairman
- Mrs D A Stephenson
- Mr H J Waumsley
- Mrs Beverley Petchell
LOUTH & DISTRICT HOSPICE LIMITED.
Company Limited by Guarantee – Reg No: 4361870
Registered Charity No: 1093100 Registered Office: 9, Cornmarket, Louth, Lincs. LN11 9PY