Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe celebrates 20 years by thanking all its many supporters
2012 marks a momentous milestone for Lindsey Lodge Hospice, celebrating 20 years of providing care for people in the North Lincolnshire area.
This year also celebrates 25 years since planning and fundraising began for the building of the hospice.
The day-care unit was opened 20 years ago in 1992 and the in-patient unit was opened in 2002.
High points have included the opening of the day-care unit by the Duchess of Norfolk and the in-patient unit by Her Majesty The Queen.
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During the 20 years of operation, the hospice has cared for and supported an estimated 145,000 patients from the North Lincolnshire area and their immediate families.
Financially, the hospice has developed from an annual turnover of under £100,000 in 1992 to over £2 million now, with operating costs of over £1.9 million.
The 20 years that Lindsey Lodge Hospice has been caring for patients and families has, for those of us involved, been challenging, hugely rewarding, great fun and one of life's great privileges.
We have all learned so much from those for whom we have cared.
This achievement has only been possible with the support and goodwill of countless people and organisations in the North Lincolnshire area and beyond.
We feel very lucky to have so many good friends.
Lindsey Lodge Hospice has enjoyed support from a great many people during the 20 years since the doors opened to patients.
And for several people, this support dates back more than 25 years.
The idea of a hospice for the North Lincolnshire area took shape in the early 1980s.
At that time, there was no money, no land and the splendid hospice we now have was just a dream.
Many willing volunteers worked tirelessly to raise not only money but also public understanding of what it would mean to the people of North Lincolnshire to have their own hospice.
A hospice was something that all these volunteers really believed in and history shows that it was something the area desperately needed.
On behalf of hospice patients in the past, present and future, we thank everyone who has helped Lindsey Lodge Hospice in whatever way and at whatever point in its history.
However, this is not the end of the story and we urgently need continued support to provide the special care that so many people in this area deserve and appreciate.
The hospice is currently trying to contact anyone who has worked or volunteered for the hospice during the past 20 years.
A celebration has been organised for these people to say thank you for all the help the hospice has received.
It will take place on Sunday, September 9 from 2 until 6pm in the hospice garden.
Entry is free but booking is essential. Call 01724 270835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org