A brief history of Cransley Hospice Trust

We make a difference…

Cransley Hospice Trust is passionate about high quality hospice and end of life care being available to all. We are committed to raising funds that will support and develop the delivery of these services for our local community in North Northamptonshire.

The specialist end of life care provided both at ‘Cransley Hospice,’ and to patients in their own home through the ‘Hospice at Home’ service meets the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of the patient, their family and loved ones.

Our fundraising income comes primarily from dedicated and loyal supporters and the public in our community. In order to continue this level of care and future services, we need to increase our fundraising from £1.4m to £2m over the next 5 years.

Cransley Hospice and the associated Charitable Trust has come a long way since it was founded in 1998. Below we explore some of the key dates in our history…

Hospice anniversary: Kettering: Cransley Hsopice 20th anniversary of current building. 

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1998

Cransley Hospice opened in November 1998 on the ground floor of Sunley Court having been formed by Dr John Smith. Until then Dr Smith had been caring for patients in the Cransley Ward at St Mary’s Hospital (hence the name of the hospice, and the charity, today!)

1999

Diana Patrick was appointed as a fundraiser for the hospice, with an initial fundraising target of £120k.

2005

Dr John Smith retires, but by then the hospice unit was well established with its own team of specialist palliative care consultants. Dr Smith remains a patron of Cransley Hospice Trust to this day.

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2010

The Cransley Hospice Charity Shop opens on the Horsemarket in Kettering.

2012

Cransley Hospice Trust was formed, taking the fundraising to a new level and an innovative team of fundraisers took over from the dedicated NHS team who had enabled the charity to reach this point.

The Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop opens next door to the retail store on the Horsemarket.

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2014

Diana Patrick was awarded an MBE in recognition of the impact she had made in fundraising for Cransley Hospice.

Peter Kelby was appointed as CEO of Cransley Hospice Trust.

Cransley Hospice Trust joins Your Hospice Lottery, bringing in a vital income stream for the Charity via monthly lottery players.

2016

The care provided by Cransley Hospice is rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC, an accolade which is retained to this date.

2017

The Hospice at Home service is expanded thanks to the chartable funding provided by the Trust, enabling more patients in North Northamptonshire to choose to be cared for in their own homes.

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2018

The Cransley Hospice Trust fundraising team are now raising over £1.3 million of income each year, thanks to the support of the local community. A wide variety of events for the local community and key fundraising initiatives support this income generation.

2019

A Silver Gilt award winning garden is transferred from Hampton Court Flower Show to the grounds of Cransley Hospice for patients and their families to enjoy, thanks to the efforts of the fundraising team.

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2020

Cransley Hospice Trust, led by CEO Peter Kelby, launch a ‘Keep It Local’ campaign to secure the future of hospice care in North Northamptonshire. The charter attracted more than 3,000 signatures.

As the world reacted to the global pandemic, the fundraising team kept Cransley Hospice Trust at the forefront of supporter’s minds with their powerful ‘Gift A Flower’ campaign.

2021

Beloved Matron Jo Rogers retires from Cransley Hospice. Heather Cook steps up from her role as Patient and Family Liaison Worker to lead the care delivered in the in-patient unit.

Due to the impact of the pandemic and rising food costs, the Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop sadly closes its doors. The Trust has exciting plans for the future of this unit (watch this space!)

Paul Humphrey takes over as the Chair of Trustees to secure the future of both the Trust and of local hospice care. Together with the fundraising team, an ambitious 5-year strategy is approved, to increase the income raised to £2 million by 2025/26, funding additional care and local services.

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) consider options for future hospice care within North Northamptonshire, with a pledge to ensure services remain within the local area, thanks to the work undertaken by Cransley Hospice Trust.