Cornwall Hospice Care is a leading independent Cornish charity (registered charity number 1113140), providing special care free of charge, to patients with life limiting illnesses aged 18 and over at two Cornwall based hospices - Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia's Hospice in Hayle.

The nursing teams care for people with a range of illnesses from cancer to heart and lung disease and Motor Neurone disease.

The generosity of the public is vital so the care for people across Cornwall is maintained at no charge to them. Every penny counts and every penny is spent supporting the adult hospices in Cornwall for Cornwall.

It costs £8.4 million to run our charity and with a very small grant from the NHS it means a staggering £7.5 million has to be raised every year.

Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice provide a welcome sanctuary for people affected by life limiting illnesses. All patients are treated with respect, offering them personalised care in a compassionate setting. More than half go home after treatment and all receive their care completely free of charge.

Patients are referred to the hospices and are admitted according to their clinical priority when assessed. Patients with any diagnosis will be accepted if they are assessed as a priority. The specialist team offer this support to people with complex symptoms, suffering from life limiting illnesses from cancer, to heart and respiratory conditions and diseases like Motor Neurone.

In the financial year 2013/14 -

  • Cornwall Hospice Care managed 1,000 referrals across all services.
  • 426 patients were admitted to the two hospices – 253 at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and 173 at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.
  • Specialist Lymphoedema nurses carried out 1,740 sessions – 1,092 at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and 648 at St Julia’s Hospice.
  • The hospice teams handled 105 day cases – 90 at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and 15 at St Julia’s.
  • Nearly a third of admissions were out of hours.
  • Just under half the patients cared for were under the age of 65.
  • The two hospices received 199 formal compliments and no formal complaints.

90p of every £1 donated goes directly to patient care. The other 10p is spent on unavoidable administration and governance costs.

It costs £8.4 million a year to run Cornwall Hospice Care, but only 11% of this is funded by the health authority, well below the national funding average of 34%. That’s the lowest government funding of any adult hospice in the country. It means Cornwall Hospice Care has to raise 89% of its funds from voluntary sources.

Our Story
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The hospice movement in Cornwall began in the 1970s. Doctors involved in the treatment of Cancer sought to establish a place specialising in pain relief and providing tender loving care for patients.

They referred those needs to the Plymouth and Cornwall Cancer Fund whose founder and president, was Lady “Effie” Mount Edgcumbe and chairman was Gordon Bellingham, a Plymouth solicitor, who was also chairman of the Cornwall Health Authority

Mrs Enid Dalton-White, who had lost two husbands to cancer, learnt of the fund’s aim and opened her beautiful Cornish gardens to visitors in return for donations. She was asked to become a member of the fund and soon became the main driving force in fundraising for Cornwall’s first hospice. Her determination to succeed galvanised the community including support from well established and respected groups such as WIs, Rotaries, Lions Clubs, religious leaders, the local business community as well as individuals.

Groups were set up across Cornwall and by 1980, £450,000 had been raised in the local community – enough to build, equip and fund a year’s running costs for Cornwall’s first hospice. Mount Edgcumbe Hospice was built in St. Austell - the location chosen as it was centrally located, within close proximity to a hospital and near to road and rail links. It was officially opened with 12 beds by the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe on October 6, 1980.

In the west of Cornwall, the Daughters of the Cross of Liege - a congregation of nuns - came to Hayle in 1904. The congregation originally established four hospice beds in the ward of St. Michael's Hospital in 1986. Both professionals and fundraisers felt there was a need for a purpose built unit and a fundraising appeal was launched - £1 million was raised and construction work began on the county's second hospice unit, named St. Julia's, which opened in January 1999, on the same site as the hospital.

From 1999 until 2006 the two hospices were run as separate charities, but were under a single Board of Trustees and one Senior Management Team. They were formerly established as a single charity under the new name Cornwall Hospice Care - a name chosen to better reflect the services provided both within the hospice units and in other health care settings within the wider community.

How we are governed
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We are governed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom give time in a voluntary capacity to ensure that the charity is run appropriately and according to Charity Law. They have overall financial and legal responsibility for the organisation.

All the Trustees bring with them expertise and experience in a range of professions including health, business, finance and law. They may also sit on one or more of the Board Committees – Clinical Services and Finance.

The Charities Act 1993 requires all registered charities to prepare a Trustees' Annual Report (TAR) and accounts. If you would like to see a copy of our latest accounts please contact our Finance Department on 01726 66868. A copy of our latest financial accounts can be found on the Charity Commision's website - click here.

We also have a Chief Executive and Executive Team. The members are responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity and its associated trading companies. They report on a regular basis to the Board of Trustees.

We are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, who check we are meeting national standards by inspecting our services and publishing our findings. For the latest report for Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, click here and for St Julia's Hospice, click here.

As we receive a small amount of funding from the NHS, we have to produce a Quality Account each year as a statutory requirement. Please click here to see the latest Quality Account for Cornwall Hospice Care.