The Countess of Brecknock Hospice provides palliative and end of life care to adults suffering from life-limiting illness who live in Andover, Stockbridge and its surrounding villages, together with comfort and support for their families, friends and carers.
In October 1988 The Countess of Brecknock, together with Dame Mary Fagan and Dr Marjorie Williams, launched an appeal to build a four-bedded hospice within the grounds of the Andover War Memorial Hospital and fund the unit for the first five years. The Foundation Stone was laid by the Duchess of Kent in May 1989 and the Hospice building was completed in August 1990 with the first patients admitted on 17 September 1990. Sadly, Lady Brecknock died in August 1989 and did not see her dream become a reality.
It was soon proved that the four inpatient beds were not sufficient and an extra two beds were added in the four-bedded room, which was not ideal. In 1998, an independent charity, the Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust, was created to support the work of the hospice. Once again, the charitable trust raised the funds to add an extra wing to the building creating two single bed rooms and a family room within the inpatient unit, offices and treatment rooms on the ground floor.
An appeal to raise £4.2 million to build a much-needed new hospice was launched in April 2017 and building work started in September 2018. The new building opened in March 2020 and will provide 10 bedrooms each with their own ensuite and ‘Cuddle Bed’ which can be extended to accommodate a partner, family member or bariatric patient. We are the only hospice in the UK which has all our bedrooms equipped with these beds. There is a family room for relatives to use, treatment and therapy rooms, multi-faith room, improved visitors and reception areas. Day care now has a larger room with new chairs, their own kitchen facilities and garden area, it also has a separate beauty room where patients will be able to have their hair washed and cut, manicure and nails painted.
All care is provided completely free of charge and the Hospice Charity is hugely reliant on voluntary donations and the generosity of our local community to ensure the Hospice can maintain the high level of services and care it provides.