In 1979 the Societies of Beverley and Hull Friends decided to create a place where “greater provision should be made for the incurably sick in a loving atmosphere” and so the North Humberside Hospice Project was registered as a charity in May 1980.
The first Hospital Support Nurse was appointed in 1983 and the day hospice began, run with the help of volunteers, at the building generously made available by the Sisters of Mercy at Endsleigh. As the team grew it was determined that there was a need for a bedded unit to provide the much needed services for the people of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Unfortunately the current premises did not have the space required and so the search began to find a suitable site and the funds needed for a purpose designed hospice.
Through the generosity of Reckitt & Coleman PLC who provided the grounds and, after many meetings, the plans for the two acre Chamberlain Road site were drawn up and work on the site began in 1987.
The move from Beverley Road to the new premises on Chamberlain Road took place in May 1990, marked with sadness at leaving “an old friend” and excitement for the future. In October 1991 the hospice opened its doors to the first bedded unit patients and on the 24th June 1992 HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, formally opened Dove House Hospice
Today the hospice is a core part of the health provision in the region, providing excellent services and support to residents of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. We rely heavily on the help of our volunteers and the local community for their support and generosity to ensure we raise the funds required to continue the excellent work we are known for.
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