St Mary’s 30th Anniversary

St Mary’s Hospice has reached an exciting milestone of 30 years of providing care, comfort and support. This year we celebrate the extraordinary spirit of the hospice as shown by its staff, volunteers, patients and their loved ones and our community.

We want to use this year to thank as many supporters as possible and are launching our 30 weeks of activity with a Thank You Day on 1st March. Staff and volunteers will donate their time to personally thank as many supporters as they can through: telephone calls; delivering cupcakes to local businesses; sharing stories and thank you’s at the hospice, in local press and on social media.
As part of the charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations, activities will run for the next 30 weeks to celebrate and share the contributions of its community, staff and volunteers who raise patient and family care to the highest level.

What to look out for:


Our Walk to Remember is back again this year, we have exciting new challenges for you adrenaline junkies such as survival of the fittest and a night walk up Helvellyn and we have fun activities like our battle to succeed and monthly bake campaign. With a full calendar of events there’s something for everyone!

Celebrating a life on film

“Your legacy is so much more than the home you own, your valuables and physical assets. Your legacy can be a way of reflecting on life and sharing unique experiences, observations and beliefs and feelings.”
This year we have worked with a talented filmmaker to produce a video series that aims to capture and share stories from the incredible and unique individuals that we have had the privilege to care for since opening our doors in 1989.



We will be sharing one story a week for 30 weeks, aiming to showcase 30 voices and 30 faces that shape the hospice service.
Read our 30FOR30 here.

If you have any photos or a story about St Mary’s that you would like to share, please get in touch via This helps us share St Mary’s special role at the heart of our community.

Awareness Weeks:

March: Open up hospice care – This campaign will help ensure that people are aware of hospice care and that more people can access the expert and compassionate support it provides.
May: Dying matters week – We will be holding an art exhibition that tackles the taboo’s of death and dying.
June: Volunteers Week – We will be running activities to celebrate the 330+ wonderful volunteers who donate their time and skills that enable us to provide the services we do.