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Birmingham Hospice Archive: Now and then

26 December 2023
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The hospice in the 1930s.

No matter the decade, no matter the building, no matter the name – our patients are at the heart of everything we do.

We believe that anyone with a terminal diagnosis deserves to live well and make the very most of the time that remains.

Expert, compassionate and considerate care has always been, and always will be, at the core of our services.

Our #BrumsHospiceArchive show that in 1910, a new Matron called Miss Reid was appointed to lead the care at the Taylor Memorial Home.

Not only did she oversee the day to day running of the home, she also organised much of the fundraising.

In 1917, Miss Reid and her staff arranged a garden sale which raised £120 to pay for the cleaning and decoration of the home.

Some of our wonderful hospice team members today.

In 1919, she instituted a Pound Day which ran for many years; donors were invited to visit the hospice and give £1.

When Miss Reid left the hospice in 1930, records show that she wrote a letter to the committee to say: “These 20 years have been the happiest in my life.”

Birmingham Hospice wouldn’t be here without you – our people, supporters, volunteers – so thank you from the bottom of our hearts for standing by us through the decades.