THE Chief Executive of St Wilfrid’s Hospice says it remains ‘in good shape’ despite Lockdown.

Here’s David Scott-Ralphs: “With continuing progress on the national vaccination programme, I want to share the hospice’s own roadmap back towards normal services, which we anticipate being by 1st July. This assumes that the government’s own roadmap does not change and these are the earliest dates by which changes will come in.

We also await the government review of social distancing and the wearing of face coverings, in the anticipation that some of this will continue to be applied after 1st July.

29th March

With effect from this date, we are reducing the frequency of testing of visitors to our inpatient unit to once within a 7-day period. Some visitors may well be doing lateral flow tests in other settings and, if they can show they have had a negative test within the last week and are not showing any symptoms, they will not need to be tested again. The number of visitors will remain at two per patient at the present time.

12th April

We have already re-started individual outpatient appointments at the hospice and from this date we will be looking to re-start small group activity focussed on rehabilitation. Complementary therapy outpatient appointments will also begin. There will be a gradual build up of face to face counselling activity.

Our retail shops will re-open (with the exception of the hospice shop) and we will be open for donations at the Donation Centre from 10am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday. We will also do doorstep collections of furniture and house clearances from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday by appointment. Please call 01323 418424, email to book a slot.

We will also be taking bookings to visit the Hospice Memory Tree. Please call 01323 434216.

17th May

During the second half of May and throughout June we will be planning a number of one-off events, such as a scone morning or afternoon tea, to re-start engagement with our Street café. These will be by prior booking.

From the beginning of May, there will be a gradual build up in the attendance in the hospice of our non-clinical workforce, most of whom continue to work from home for the majority of the time.

1st July

We anticipate the Hospice café and shop will both open fully to the public.

Activity in our Wellbeing Centre will continue to develop over the summer and autumn.


Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the hospice over the past year, when so much of our normal fundraising and events programme has been severely disrupted. We are incredibly grateful to all of you. If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking here.

We have a busy programme of activities planned for our 40th anniversary. You can find out about all of these on this website. We look forward to welcoming our supporters at a full programme of Open Gardens over the spring and summer, which for this year will continue to be via prior booking. We are also holding our annual Starlight Stroll on Saturday 10th July. Please click here for more details.

It has been quite a year, but we are in good shape thanks to the support of our local community and our services have reached more people than ever. We look forward to connecting with you in person during this 40th anniversary year.

Thank you for all your support for St Wilfrid’s.”