St. Michael’s Hospice in Basingstoke is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and invites everyone to come along and mark the occasion at Winchester Cathedral on Friday 6th October. Guests are invited to arrive for 19:00 and the service will start at 19:30.
The Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir and Ooh Mama Ladies will be performing accompanied by the Basingstoke Heritage Light Orchestra. Tickets aren’t being issued but the Hospice asks you to register your interest by visiting their website at stmichaelshospice.org.uk.
It is hard now to imagine a time when there was no adult hospice in North Hampshire but thanks to the vision and drive of local residents in the late 1980s, the story of St. Michael’s Hospice began when a committee led by former borough Mayor, Cllr Margaret Weston, began its work. 25 years later the Hospice has seen over 5,000 patients on its in-patient unit, 2,000 more have been cared for in their own homes, and countless more have been into the Hospice during the day for therapy. In addition, the Hospice now works supporting local care homes to improve their end-of-life care and has a partnership with Odiham Cottage Hospital to befriend local residents.
St. Michael’s doesn’t just care for people during their final days but can be there for patients for years; from the time of their diagnosis of a terminal illness through supporting their loved ones with bereavement counselling for as long as they need.
To mark all of this, and to thank the thousands of volunteers and supporters who have made this remarkable journey possible, you can join in the celebrations in glorious Winchester Cathedral.