The first patient was admitted to St Leonard’s Hospice 35 years ago

Nurses at St Leonard's Hospice (L-R): 2. Dan Bastow, Jayne Douglas, Nicole Berry, Rose Butcher, Suzi Harris and Ray Pollard. Photographs: Duncan Lomax
11 Feb 2020 @ 2.19 pm
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It’s a big day for St Leonard’s Hospice.

Because today – Tuesday, February 11 – marks 35 years since the first in-patient was admitted to the Tadcaster Road hospice on the same date in 1985.

Not only is it an anniversary year for St Leonard’s, it’s also International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

So the hospice is appealing for people to sponsor a nurse by signing up for regular giving online. That way you can help it to offer care for the next 35 years.

Heart of the care

Val Noble at the hospice
Nursing is at the heart of the care provided by St Leonard’s Hospice.

Whether it’s using their expert knowledge of pain management and symptom control, their experience in supporting family members in distress or simply by providing a hand to hold in the middle of the night, the hospice nurses are there 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

They provide vital care which is free of charge to the patient both at the Hhospice and in patients’ homes.

Val Noble is a [email protected] nurse who has worked at the hospice since the very beginning 35 years ago. She said:

  • There has been lots of change over the years as the Hospice reach has grown as we’ve got busier and more services, such as the [email protected] team I work in, have been developed.

    It’s a privilege providing care in people’s homes. We care for the whole person, not just their physical symptoms. Hospice nurses provide support as soon as a life-limiting illness is diagnosed, supporting patients and their families at every stage.

    By setting up a regular donation, you can make a real difference to local people and ensure the Hospice can care for people for years to come.

How you can help

Although St Leonard’s does get some public funding the majority of the running costs have to be raised from donations and fundraising by the local community.

Regular Giving is a quick and easy way to support the Hospice, and allows the Hospice to not only plan but also grow its services. You can choose your amount, frequency and payment method to suit you.

If you want to get involved in the ‘Sponsor a Nurse’ campaign, visit the hospice website –

You can also make a one-off donation on the website or by calling the Fundraising Team on 01904 777 777.