History and Objectives

Hospice Hope was formed following the closure of the Sue Ryder Hospice at Staunton Harold in 2002, which provided palliative care to adults living in North West Leicestershire. A group of committed individuals felt that the closure of Staunton Harold came at a heavy cost to their local community, Hospice Hope was formed to try and fill this void.

Many people in North West Leicestershire have sadly been diagnosed with a life limiting condition.  Figures from the last Census in 2011 revealed that 25% of households in North West Leicestershire contain a person with a long-term health problem or disability and these numbers are set to rise. People often struggle with the fact that the local NHS offers no day care provision to support them or their carers, nor pastoral support to cope emotionally with their changed medical situation.  There is without doubt an urgent need for care.

The objectives of Hospice Hope are:

  • To set up local Support Cafés to provide free, easily accessible ‘drop-in’ support on a weekly basis in North West Leicestershire
  • To provide day care, up to 4 days a week, based in North West Leicestershire

The charity currently runs four weekly Support Cafés in Ashby, Coalville / Whitwick, Ibstock and Castle Donington, where people and carers can drop-in for the afternoon, receive support, relax and meet new people.

Since April 2017, Hospice Hope has offered further daytime pastoral support at ‘Hope House’, Griffydam.  Here we offer a warm welcome, emotional support, complementary therapies, activities and a nutritious hot two course lunch, prepared in our own kitchen. Hope House is open 3 days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for either Guest Days or our Carers Plus Day.