Sir Peter Tapsell officially opens the Louth and District Hospice

The official opening of the Louth & District Hospice. EMN-150519-150846001
The official opening of the Louth & District Hospice. EMN-150519-150846001

The Louth and District Hospice has been officially opened by our area’s recently retired MP, Sir Peter Tapsell, at a ceremony this month.

Sir Peter, who represented our area continuously between 1966 and 2015, was invited along to the ceremony with Lady Tapsell on Friday 
May 8 to mark the official opening.

It gives me much pleasure to unveil this plaque to commemorate 
this occasion.

Sir Peter Tapsell

Founder and Trustee Doreen Stephenson welcomed them to the Hospice, along with other guests, including chairman of East Lindsey District Council, Coun Robert Palmer, Mayor of Louth Coun Andrew Leonard, and 
the local architect who designed the Hospice 
building, Guy Kemp.

The chairman of Louth and District Hospice, Dale Crombleholme, gave a brief summary of the work of the Hospice since it was 
established in 2002, and identified some of the 
potential opportunities for local palliative care 
in the future.

He then introduced Sir Peter Tapsell, who said: “I am delighted to be here today to officially open the 
Louth office.

“My wife and I have watched with great interest 
the work of the many 
volunteers and community supporters over the years
which has resulted in this wonderful facility 
for the residents of Louth and District.

“It gives me much pleasure to unveil this plaque to commemorate 
this occasion.”

Doreen Stephenson then gave details of the various partnerships that have been established by the Hospice over the years, including Age UK Lindsey with the Home Support Service, Linkage with the garden maintenance, and St Barnabas Hospice with whom they have established a partnership to 
deliver clinical services on 
the site.

Jane Bake of St Barnabas Hospice then gave a brief summary of the many clinical services that were available to patients, their families 
and carers.

Finally, guests were invited to view the 
facilities available and meet with representatives 
of both Hospices.

The Louth and District Hospice was founded back in 2002 in response to a very real and urgent need in the 
local community.

By October 2002 the Hospice’s business plan had been launched, and by November an ambitious £250,000 fundraising bid 
had also been launched.

The following summer, in June 2003, the Hospice formed a partnership with United Hospitals 
Lincolnshire Trust Limited (ULHT) and East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, which allowed the delighted 
founders of the Hospice to be able to open a new palliative respite day care facility at the Woldside Day Unit at Louth Country Hospital for one day per week.

Just a few months later, in November, the appeal target was reached thanks to the generosity of local residents and businesses.

During 2004, the Hospice sought to consolidate its position, working with potential partners in the NHS and pursuing their efforts to find a suitable site for the Hospice. Fortunately, the following autumn, the trustees were granted the donation of three acres of land by the late Mr Frank Nicholson for the building of the new Hospice.

In February 2007 the Hospice launched its Home Support Service to support patients with life limiting and life threatening illnesses in their own homes, as well as supporting families and carers

In 2012, Louth-based architect Guy Kemp designed the building, and the 
contract to build the Hospice was awarded to Higgins Builders Limited, based in the nearby village 
of Grainthorpe.

Following detailed discussions in 2013, the trustees decided to work in partnership with St Barnabas Hospice to provide clinical day care services.

The unique partnership provides the opportunity for joint working with an existing clinical service provided by St Barnabas for the support of East Lindsey residents with terminal illnesses, together with support for their families and carers.

The work of Louth and District Hospice has been successful due to the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm of all the volunteers, who have worked tirelessly over the past 13 years.