Focus On: Thames Hospice

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THAMES HOSPICE

Thames Hospice is the local charity providing expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses.

A vital part of our work is also supporting their families and carers.

VISION

Quality of life, to the end of life for everyone.

MISSION

To provide and support the best palliative care to our community, giving dignity and comfort to those facing life-limiting illnesses.

VALUES

Their values can be described in seven words.

  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Ambition
  • Commitment

Thames Hospice are dedicated to providing the best palliative and end of life care to all who need it, now and in the future.

HISTORY

Thames Hospice was born out of the situation of two highly professional organisations:

The Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation and Thames Valley Hospice, realised that as they existed only six miles apart, it made sense, to bring all the expertise under one roof.

THE PAUL BEVAN CANCER FOUNDATION

Penny Bevan Rahming and a local GP Geoff Cook, were both very aware that there was a lack of local day to day services for people who had just been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Together (after the death of Penny’s husband in 1981) they set about finding a solution.

In 1985 The Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation was founded and eventually opened in Sunninghill.

Paul Bevan House followed in 1995.

THAMES VALLEY HOSPICE

Thames Valley Hospice was founded by a group of dedicated people from St Antony’s RC church in Slough and the Justice and Peace group of St Peter’s RC church in Gerrards Cross.

Both groups recognised the need for a home from home for patients with a life-limiting illness, where the very best Palliative care could be provided.

Thames Valley Hospice was opened in 1987.

During the 1990’s a number of other services were developed by Thames Valley Hospice, these included

  • Bereavement Support
  • Education Services for Professionals
  • Hospice at Home

THE MERGER

In 2006 these two organisations merged to form Thames Hospicecare.

As these two highly professional organisations were operating just 6 miles apart and caring for the same patients, it became obvious to pool their resources as one single organisation.

In 2013 Thames Hospice Care became Thames Hospice and launched it’s new identity.

2014 saw the addition to the site of The Sanctuary.  This is a dedicated indoor and outdoor space in the grounds of the Windsor Hospice. It is a spiritual space for inpatients, staff, visitors and volunteers, where they can sit and  reflect or just get some peace and quiet.

(Source: Thames Hospice)

 

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