St David’s Hospice was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1999.

BACKGROUND

Back in 1988 the idea of providing a hospice in the Conwy area was born. Land which was once a donkey paddock, was bought from Gwynedd Council for a nominal fee and the building cost £1.9 million to build. Construction work on St David’s Hospice began in June 1997, which saw BBC Newsreader Martyn Lewis and numerous mayors and civic leaders start the first phase of a massive task. In 1998, the Hospice was completed and opened in sections, starting with Day Care. St David’s was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1999.

TIMELINE

1988: Local residents campaign for a Hospice.
1996: A steering committee, led by Dr Oliver P Galpin FRCP, assessed the viability of building a Hospice.
1988-1997: The Fundraising Committee worked tirelessly to raise £1,900,000 to fund the building costs of the Hospice.
1997: BBC Newsreader Martyn Lewis “turned the first sod” and the building work commenced on Abbey Road, Llandudno.
1997: July – The Hospice Lottery was launched.
1998: 30th April – The foundation stone was laid by Councillor Michael Williams, Mayor of Llandudno.
1999: 27th May HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened the Hospice.
1999: September – St David’s Hospice opened its Day Care facilities to its first patients.
2001: March – The first inpatient was admitted.
2005: August – two more beds opened in the Inpatient Unit to take the total up to ten with an eleventh opening in 2006.
2008: – Café Dewi opened within the Hospice. The café, which is run by volunteers, has raised over £200,000 since it opened and has become a huge part of the community.
2011: June saw the launch of the “Helping Hands Appeal” to expand and develop the end-of-life care services at the Hospice. The Appeal was kick-started by legacies, generously donated by our supporters. However, to carry out the plans, the Hospice needed to raise in the region of £1,000,000.
2013: February – St David’s Hospice was awarded £250,000 of capital funding by the Welsh Government which enabled the “Helping Hands Appeal” to reach its target.
2013: December – Lord Mostyn is named as the new Honorary President for St David’s Hospice.
2014: St David’s Hospice celebrates its 15th year of care.
2015: Hafan Dewi Sant project launched in the Dwyfor area

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