In 1979, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice was founded by a remarkable woman called Monica Pearce. 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.
Monica’s determination to provide better pain relief and care led to her idea of founding a hospice for everyone; for people of all faiths and of none. Monica envisioned the Hospice would support patients and their loved ones, and essentially, provide comfort for local people living with life-limiting illnesses.
‘St Mary’s Hospice’ became the first independent hospice in the Midlands and only the seventh nationwide. On March 5th 1979, the Hospice’s story began, as it admitted its first ever patient. Monica worked tirelessly to raise more than £350,000, and her commitment continued unwavering throughout her life. Her legacy of providing the very best care for people living with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones continues to inspire staff and volunteers every day.
Now 40 years on, 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 support and care for 500 people on any given day. To ensure we can continue to do this for the next 40 years, please browse our website to find all the ways you can show your support, as well as clicking any of the links below.
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