Today is a very special day in our calendar – it’s the 35th anniversary of the day Mount Edgcumbe Hospice opened its doors to patients for the first time and it’s the first anniversary of our #HospiceStories project. 

Cornwall’s first hospice started as the dream of an extraordinary lady, Enid Dalton-White who worked tirelessly to bring Mount Edgcumbe to life.  Her vision lives on and today Cornwall Hospice Care runs two hospices and reaches out in to the community and Cornwall’s hospitals and care homes to provide specialist palliative care to those battling with complex symptoms.  It’s care that also extends to the families of people facing life limiting illnesses.

More than 30 people whose lives we have touched, have shared their very personal stories over the last 12 months to help dispel the many myths about hospices. Patients, families, nurses and volunteers from our charity have explained why the hospices are far from scary but actually sanctuaries of peace and care. They’ve shown how hospices have helped people to live with their illnesses for many years, of how the nursing teams have helped ease the pain and sickness for patients and allowed families to have valuable and special time together.

To mark this very special day here’s a film that highlights some of the many stories we’ve shared in the hope it will inspire others to continue telling the story of hospice care in Cornwall in the months and years to come….