Celebrating 40 years of Isabel Hospice

The opening of the day hospice in Hall Grove

The opening of the day hospice in Hall Grove (now Living Well) in June 1986 by the Duchess of Kent. (Left to right) Trustee Tony Last, hospice founder Isabel Last, Harry Overy, chairman of trustees and the Duchess of Kent. - Credit: Isabel Hospice

As we count down to 2022, Isabel Hospice are counting down to a very special anniversary year as they celebrate 40 years of care in their home, and yours.

It was in 1982 that the Welwyn and Hatfield Hospice Service was first established by Isabel Last of Welwyn Garden City, a former nurse living with cancer, with the name of Isabel Hospice officially adopted in 1995.

Over the past four decades, one thing that has remained constant is their commitment to providing free end-of-life care and helping local patients and their families live every moment to the last.

In the last 40 years, they’ve touched the lives of patients, family members, volunteers, staff, healthcare professionals, donors, business people … the list goes on!

Helen Glenister, CEO at Isabel Hospice said: "We are so excited to be celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2022, with activities and celebrations planned throughout the year, as we look back on four decades of Isabel Hospice.

"Thanks to the fantastic support of our local communities, we are one of the oldest hospices in the area. We’re incredibly proud of everything your support has enabled us to achieve over the last 40 years.

"Please join us throughout 2022 in celebrating this magnificent milestone by helping us to raise as much money as possible."

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To many people, this New Year will be marked by an array of resolutions from joining a gym to changing career, but why not do something a little closer to home and support your local hospice.

There are 40 suggestions at isabelhospice.org.uk/40years, but you can also share your stories about how Isabel has touched your lives over the years, and look back over some of the key moments from their history.

Forthcoming events to mark the milestone include 40 Go Skydiving on March 6, Muddy Mayhem on March 20, a 40th anniversary luncheon at Hatfield House on April 21, a 'Thank You For The Music' ABBA party at Tewin BuryFarm on June 11, a 40th anniversary bike ride, a Kilimanjaro climb on October 6-11, and a winter black tie ball on November 26.

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