2017 marks an important milestone for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, as they celebrate being at the heart of the local community for 35 years.
The hospice was officially opened on 13th October 1982 by HRH the Duchess of Kent after a fundraising campaign by the Isle of Wight community. The need for a hospice was spearheaded by Dr Desmond Murphy, Consultant Respiratory Physician (now retired), who played a pivotal role in setting up the service.
Over the last 35 years, the team at Earl Mountbatten has developed and honed their expert and specialist knowledge; the anniversary marks not only the significant development of services, but also unwavering support from the local community and volunteers. By 1989, there were more than 60 volunteers. Today, the hospice are indebted to more than 600 volunteers.
With the continuing need to raise around £5million of the £7million it costs to support the Isle of Wight community, new fundraising events are planned during 2017. More details about the 35th anniversary plans are due to be revealed at an Open Day being held between 10:00 and 13:00 on Friday 27th January at the John Cheverton Cenre. All are welcome to find out more about how the hospice’s services have developed and the plans for the future.
To mark the start of our 35th anniversary year, a photograph with staff and volunteers in the shape of a ‘35’ has been taken with help from Island Roads. The team supplied a cherry picker to enable the photo to be taken at height.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the fundraising community during the 35th year, a number of new anniversary badges are being launched. Anyone who raises £35 or more will receive a Bronze anniversary badge, those who go the extra mile and raise £350 or more will receive a Silver anniversary badge and those who really step up to the challenge and raise £3,500 or more will receive a limited edition Gold anniversary badge.
More information can be found at www.iwhospice.org.