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38 Years of St Leonard's Hospice.

We’ve been providing care and support for our local community for 38 years, ever since the idea of a Hospice in York was suggested by four Royal College of Nursing members. 

There have been plenty of challenges along the way, from meeting funding requirements, to developing new ways to care and support terminally ill people, those with life limiting conditions, and their families and carers.

Meeting the challenges set by the next 38 years depends on your fundraising, legacies and your donations. So please contribute if you can, and help write the next chapter in St Leonard’s story.

Explore our 38 year history below…

  • 1978

    Idea of a Hospice in York suggested by four Royal College of Nursing members

  • October 1978

    First open meeting held and Steering Committee chosen

  • December 1978

    Steering Committee’s first meeting

  • 1978-1982

    Informal fundraising

  • May 1982

    Formal Appeal for £750,000 launched by Archbishop Stuart Blanch

  • November 1983

    New Hospice foundation stone laid by Archbishop John Habgood

  • February 1984

    Day Care opens one day a week

  • September 1984

    In-patient Unit completed

  • February 11th 1985

    First in-patient admitted

  • June 1st 1985

    Official opening by our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Kent

  • 1986

    Day Care increases to two days a week

  • 1987

    Day Care increases to three days a week

  • February 1990

    Thanksgiving Service at York Minster for five years

  • December 1990

    Extensions added to In-patient Unit and Day Care

  • June 21st 1991

    First shop opens in Acomb

  • January 1992

    Day Care increases to four days a week

  • January 1993

    Shop opens in Tang Hall

  • July 1993

    Shop opens in Pocklington

  • September 1993

    Shop opens in Haxby

  • February 1995

    10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at York Minster

  • August 1998

    Furniture shop opens in Acomb

  • October 1998

    £2million Millenium Appeal launched

  • 1998 - 1999

    First Hospice Light up a Life Christmas tree at York Station

  • February 2000

    15th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at York Minster

  • April 2000

    Millennium Appeal reaches £1million

  • July 2000

    On-site work begins for new annexe

  • October 24th 2000

    New annexe foundation stone laid by David Hope

  • July 2001

    £2million Millennium Appeal target reached

  • November 2001

    Staff and patients move into new annexe

  • Winter 2001

    Original buildings redeveloped for Day Care

  • July 10th 2002

    Official opening of new building by HRH The Duke of York

  • April 2003

    Shop opens on Scarcroft Roads in York

  • June 2003

    Hospice Weekly Prize Draw launched

  • February 2005

    20th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at York Minster

  • Spring 2006

    Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu becomes President of the Hospice

  • Autumn 2006

    The Stables Coffee Shop opens in the former Day Care Building

  • June 2008

    First Midnight Walk in aid of the Hospice

  • 2008-2009

    The main entrance to the Hospice is remodelled

  • December 2009

    Hospice@Home service is launched

  • 2010

    Silver Jubilee Year

  • June 6th 2010

    25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at York Minster

  • September 2010

    Shop opens on Park Street in Selby

  • November 27th 2010

    Thanksgiving Dinner at the National Railway Museum

  • November 2011

    Shop opens on Broadway in York

  • February 2013

    Shop opens on Ousegate in Selby

  • 2013 - 2014

    Refurbishment of Day Care, Family Area, Chapel and In-patient Unit as a result of a grant from the Department of Health

  • June 2014

    Shop opens in Sherburn

  • 2015

    30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at York Minster

  • November 2015

    Donation centre opens in Acomb

  • January 2016

    We revolutionised the Sunflower Centre timetable to include more tailored support services for patients, their families and carers

  • December 2016

    Rated Outstanding by Care Quality Commission

  • August 2017

    Shop opens on Fossgate in York

  • November 6th 2017

    On St Leonards’ Day, the Memory Tree was revealed by Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, complemented by the newly landscaped gardens

  • September 2017

    Homelessness project begins

  • August 2018

    Shop opens on Layerthorpe in York

  • October 2018

    Hospice Biographers launched

  • March 2019

    Shop opens in Easingwold

  • December 2019

    Hospice@Home 10 year anniversary

  • January 2020

    Shop opens on Colliergate in York

  • May 2023

    Sunflower Wellbeing Café opens