Anglesey Hospice Project Blog

23/09/2020 - Anglesey Hospice Project - After years in the making, the Anglesey Hospice project is almost complete!

For the last three years, the Hospice has aspired to opening up more beds in North West Wales, bridging the gap in inpatient services across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.
In 2018, we were offered the opportunity to build a hospice within Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley, Holyhead which would be entirely independent of the NHS and part of our charity. The development would save the Hospice from having to build from scratch, as the project would utilise redundant ward space within the community hospital.
Fast forward to March this year and our four-bed inpatient hospice at Holyhead was near on completion, with the opening in sight. The builders were just two weeks from completion until lockdown struck and at the same time, Penrhos Stanley became a ‘Covid red zone’ which ceased the Hospice’s progress.
Lockdown didn’t stop the delivery of beds, TVs and furniture though and we have been pushing ahead in preparation for an opening as soon as is safe.
With the hospital being downgraded from a ‘Covid red zone’ in August, it enabled the builders to go back in and complete. We are delighted to announce that we will be expecting to see our first patients in October 2020.
With a gap of six months and no fundraising and income, your donations now mean more to us than ever, as we will need to work hard to get back on track.

“Thank you so much for all of your support so far. Every single penny will ensure that we can offer the highest standard of clinical care to people living in our communities, despite their postcode. The Holyhead Hospice is a huge development for overall hospice care in North West Wales and I am looking forward to serving the local people who need us”
Glenys Sullivan, St David’s Hospice Matron

14/10/2019 - Anglesey Hospice Project - Construction phase photos

Our project is picking up pace with the construction phase now in full swing. The new Hospice on the island, based within Holyhead’s Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley, is scheduled for completion by 2020.

03/10/2019 - Hospice room 3D rendering visualisation

Watch our video for an idea of the appearance and features each of our patient rooms will have upon completion.

29/09/2019 - Anglesey Hospice project progress update

After two years in the making, our Anglesey Hospice will finally commence building work this month with a view to complete before the end of the year.

We give thanks to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for working with us on this project to ensure we can grow our number of hospice beds on the island, allowing our care to be more accessible across North West Wales.

The four bedded inpatient unit will be the first of its kind in Wales by replacing redundant ward space at a local community hospital; Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley, Holyhead.

Read more here

17/06/2019 - Clarification on NHS tendering process

The St David’s Anglesey Hospice is currently going through the NHS procurement process and it is now out to tender with contractors until the end of July. Once this part of the process is complete, an update will be shared again.

All monies raised towards the new hospice will go towards the building and staffing costs of the new hospice to ensure that the highest standard of care can be given to patients in a safe and home-from-home environment.

23/05/2019 - Cyclists complete three-month challenge in aid of Anglesey hospice plans

Welcome home to the Asia to Anglesey trio, who completed their 2-month bicycle trek from Istanbul to Holyhead  – raising an incredible £13k in funds for St David’s Hospice and MND Association.

The trio have worked relentlessly over the past few months to raise funds for both charities through their sponsored cycle from Istanbul to Holyhead – raising an incredible £13,000 along the way,

There’s still time to donate to their cause here:

13/03/2019 - Anglesey Project Board meetings continue to make progress

Management and clinical representatives from St David’s Hospice have been in regular discussions with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Project Management team as part of the planning process for an upcoming Anglesey Hospice.

The group will continue to meet throughout the current project stage, with a view to completion in late 2019.

19/02/2019 - Asia to Anglesey by push bike in aid of Holyhead Hospice

Three friends are set to take on a mammoth eight-week Asia to Anglesey cycling challenge to raise funds for St David’s Hospice and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Andy Fowell,63, Steve MacVicar, 60, and Roger Thomas,65 all from the Beaumaris area, will take to the saddle on the 28th March cycling from Istanbul, Turkey to Holyhead, Anglesey.

The trio, who enjoy riding as a hobby, will follow the Iron Curtain Cycle Trail crossing 16 countries, cycling 5500 kilometres and climbing four mountain ranges.

Through sponsorship and fundraising, they hope to raise £20,000 which will be split equally between the new St David’s Anglesey Hospice which is being developed at Penrhos Stanley and also helping to support the care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Andy Fowell, a retired consultant in Palliative Care of North West Wales said:

“We are really looking forward to the challenge. I am sure it will create a lifetime of memories. Steve has been talking about the trail for years, now he has joined myself and Roger in retirement, he has no excuse!

“We will be cycling at least 65 miles a day and it will be just us and our bikes, no support vehicles. It’s a huge challenge. We will push through the winds, rain and snow and try and remain friends throughout!

“I have worked with both St David’s and MND Association developing services and improving coordination of care for the patients. I believe that the money we raise can help to continue the development of high-quality end of life care and the continued research into cause and treatment of MND.

“Many thanks to FAUN Trackway® and Williams Denton for their kind sponsorship and support.”

Comedian Tudur Owen, also from Anglesey has shown his support for the adventurous cyclists and has become the patron for this event.

At the launch of the event Tudur said:

“I’m honoured to have been invited to be patron for this extraordinary challenge. I must admit however, that when I first heard about the event I thought it was an impossible task. But I played rugby with Steve many years ago and know that behind that calm exterior is a very tough competitor.

“I have no doubt that Steve, Andy and Roger have what it takes to complete this epic journey and look forward to following their progress across Europe.”

Throughout the challenge, you will be able to follow the adventure via their Facebook page ‘AsiaToAnglesey’. To show your support and make a donation go to

10/05/2018 - Exciting times ahead for the future of Hospice care on the Isle of Anglesey

Plans for the first ever Hospice on Anglesey have been announced.

St David’s Hospice is working to open the first ever inpatient hospice on the Island at Holyhead’s Penrhos Stanley Community Hospital.

The ambitious plans, which have been developed in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, will see the development of satellite hospice unit at Penrhos Stanley, which will aim to deliver the same five star service currently available at the main hospice in Llandudno.

The plans include the conversion of part of a ward which is no longer being utilised by the hospital, converted into four single-bedroom units for inpatient hospice care. The project is currently in the design stage and architectural drawings will be released soon.

The service will offer a combination of end of life care, symptom control and respite care. Staff at the satellite unit will be trained to the same high standards and expertise in specialist palliative care provided at the main Hospice in Llandudno.

The new service will work closely with and complement the existing Hospice at Home service on Anglesey. St David’s will fund and train all staff at the unit, the Health Board will be providing the space at the hospital and contributing towards the running costs of the building.

It is hoped that the internal building work will commence this summer and opened early 2019, with approximately 15 new jobs created for local people. St David’s Hospice will also be employing local fundraising staff and a team of volunteers to help support, fund and run the new unit. More details will be available soon.

At present, the only inpatient hospice beds in North West Wales are located at St David’s main hospice in Llandudno. For some patients, this means a 90 minute journey for inpatient hospice care. It is hoped that with the new units St David’s Hospice will offer choice and end the postcode lottery that currently exists.

This development comes after two local charities, St David’s Hospice and Hospice at Home Gwynedd and Anglesey recently merged to form one charity that will deliver hospice care across Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.

St David’s Hospice Chief Executive, Trystan Pritchard said:

“This exciting development will be an important step to ensuring the people of Anglesey and Gwynedd have the same choice in end of life care as has been available in Llandudno for 20 years. We look forward to working with the Health Board, Anglesey Council and local communities to give local people the care they deserve.”

St David’s Hospice is a registered charity and over 80% of the income is generated through local community fundraising. It is anticipated the project will cost in the region of £500,000 to establish the unit then annual running costs thereafter.

Trystan Pritchard added:

“We need the support of local people to ensure we can fundraise to support the new hospice and we look forward to discussing our exciting plans with local communities over the next few months.”

Councillor Robert Llewelyn Jones, Older People’s Champion at Anglesey Council, and representative of the Caergybi ward, which includes Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley said:

“We are pleased to see that local hospice beds are being developed to provide sensitive support for Island residents at the most difficult of times. St David’s Hospice in Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley will be a welcome addition to palliative care on Anglesey.”

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Isle of Anglesey County Council will be providing short-term funding of 30% for the first year towards nursing salary costs and 15% in the second via the Intermediate Care Fund.

Ffion Johnstone, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s West Area Director, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with St David’s Hospice and Anglesey Council on this exciting development.

“Our key aim is to deliver care closer to home and ensuring equity of access to services across the population of North Wales.

“The satellite hospice unit will provide more local access to hospice inpatient care for patients across Anglesey and Gwynedd who cannot be cared for at home.”

Every penny counts. For more information about how you can support the Anglesey Hospice build and how the Hospice can help you to organise a local event, please contact:

Ella Baxendale, Area Fundraiser –
Jane Jones, Community Fundraiser –


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