The Countess of Brecknock Hospice provides respite and palliative care to adults suffering from all forms of cancer and other life-limiting illness who live in Andover and its surrounding villages or further afield when a bed is available, 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 extension was launched in April 2017. The new extension will provide 10 new single ground floor ensuite inpatient rooms, new relatives room, treatment and therapy rooms, multi-faith room, improved visitors and reception area. The day centre will be completely renovated and enlarged, with the existing in-patient unit being used for longer stay patients. Building started in September 2018 and we hope the new hospice will be opened in late 2019.
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.