The Hospice was co-founded by Pat Jeavons and Don Sturrock, who, having recognised the need for a Hospice for the London Boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley, started to raise money to build such a place. This remarkable story began in 1985.
Negotiations for various sites for the Hospice were long and tedious and, in the main, disappointing. Their determination to carry on was largely a result of the overwhelming support that they received from the community.
Throughout this time, Pat and Don had both been living with cancer and dealing with their own health issues - while campaigning for the Hospice.
As the task of raising money continued, the Co-op offered a location for the Hospice on the site of the old Shornells building on Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood. After successfully purchasing the land for just £1, building work commenced in October 1992.
On Monday 7 February 1994 the Greenwich & Bexley Cottage Hospice saw the arrival of the first people to attend the day care service and exactly two months later, on 7 April, the first inpatients arrived.
In October 1999 the Forget Me Not Appeal was launched to enable the Hospice to expand the building and enhance the range of services offered. The work was completed in September 2002.
In 2008 the Hospice further expanded its services and took on the management of the Community Palliative Care Team for Greenwich and the Hospital Support Team at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich. The community services further expanded in 2010 when the Bexley Community Palliative Care Team (previously managed by Ellenor Lions Hospices) moved under the management of the Hospice. These teams support people in their own homes, in care homes, and in the local hospital. These changes have helped to ensure that Pat and Don’s vision has become a reality with the Hospice reaching out to people in whatever care setting they choose.
Pat died in the Hospice in June 1997, and Don died in the Hospice in August 2002.
The Hospice has continued to grow and evolve to meet the ever changing needs of those who require our services at the time, level and place of their choosing.
In 2010 the name was changed to Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice to reflect the complete package of services provided by the Hospice.
The vision of our co-founders Pat and Don continues to be in the forefront of our minds: to offer specialist palliative care and support to people in Royal Greenwich and Bexley boroughs.