Our charity was formed over 25 years ago on 24th June 1991. Today Peace Hospice Care offers inpatient care, a Hospice at Home service, a Day Service delivered through our Starlight Centre, a Herts Neighbours befriending service and also provides bereavement support.
A group of passionate pioneers within the community came together with a desire to introduce a Hospice in Watford. After campaigning and raising some initial funds, this amazing group set up 'The South West Hertfordshire Hospice Charitable Trust' on 24th June in 1991 (nearly 25 years ago) operating from our first charity shop in 174 High Street, Watford.
The campaign had gathered momentum, with the community getting behind the appeal for a Hospice. The Charitable Trust acquired the former Peace Memorial Hospital site and in May of that year began to run a Day Care service for patients in a Porta Cabin outside the former Memorial Hospital. It was opened by entertainer and Hospice campaigner Roy Castle.
Renovations of the Hospital building began with the aim of opening the former hospital as a new Hospice building the following year. Around 15 patients were still been seen each day during this time while the building works continued. The Red Cross and League of Friends volunteers ran a tea bar for patients at this time.
Princess Michael of Kent performs the official Opening Ceremony of the new Peace Hospice building on 25th September 1996 to the delight of the local community. Patients with a life limiting illness from Watford and the surround area began to benefit from the services offered by the Hospice.
Funds continued to come in and The South West Hertfordshire Charitable Trust (known locally as 'The Peace Hospice') developed its services further by adding a new dedicated Inpatient Unit.
Five years later, the Peace Hospice further expanded to open a new Hospice at Home service allowing patients with a life limiting illness the opportunity to be cared for in the comfort of their own homes.
Services continued to strengthen and The Peace Hospice introduced new Lecturer/Practitioner and Nursing Home End of Life posts. Two further inpatient rooms were also added.
The Day Service operated at the Peace Hospice was relaunched as the 'Starlight Centre' and officially opened by Princess Michael of Kent. The Starlight Centre offered patients a wider range of services and focussed on supporting patients from initial diagnosis of a serious illness.
Peace Hospice Care runs an Inpatient Unit, Day Service through our Starlight Centre, Hospice at Home support including a Herts Neighbourhood Volunteering service and bereavement care. It costs over £5 million to provide these services and we rely heavily on charitable income to support our work.