Our 40th Anniversary This year, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing hospice care across Birmingham and Sandwell. The Hospice was founded by a remarkable woman called Monica Pearce in 1979. Upon retiring from her NHS nursing career in 1974, Monica decided to use her knowledge to ‘enable anyone with a life-limiting illness to live their life to the full’ – a mission that the Hospice’s staff and volunteers still stand by today. It was this determination to provide better pain relief and care that led to her idea of founding a hospice. ‘St Mary’s Hospice’ became the first independent hospice in the Midlands and only the seventh nationwide. She envisioned the Hospice to be for people of all faiths and none, to support patients as well as loved ones, and, essentially, to provide comfort for local people nearing the end of their lives. Pearce’s ambition was finally realised on March 5th 1979 when ‘St Mary’s Hospice’ admitted its first ever patient. She worked tirelessly to raise more than £350,000, and her commitment continued unwavering throughout her life. Monica's legacy of providing the very best end of life care continues to inspire staff and volunteers every day. In 2019, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is caring for more people than ever before – providing support in people’s homes, in the community and at the Hospice in Selly Park. Since we admitted our first patient our services have grown and evolved and we now look after 400 people on any given day. Throughout the year, we will be celebrating all of the progress we have made, as we look forward to the next 40 years of caring for Birmingham and Sandwell We have lots of activities planned throughout the year and we would love for you to join in. Stay tuned for further details by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but to kick off the celebrations, we are holding a gala dinner at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Taking place on Friday 1st March, Birmingham St Mary’s ‘40th Anniversary Gala Dinner’ will be a glittering black tie occasion with a drinks reception and a three-course dinner followed by musical entertainment, an auction hosted by Antique Roadshow’s Will Farmer, and live comedy from the Brummie Queen of Fun, Barbara Nice. Find out how you can be part of this special event celebrating 40 years of hospice care in Birmingham and Sandwell.