Monday 6th March 2017

Saturday 4th March 2017 marked 35 years since we began providing care and support for people affected by life-limiting illnesses across mid Essex.

Here are some of our highlights:

1981 After the death of their friend Audrey Appleton, Glenda Lance and Doctor Gill Collier launch an appeal to establish hospice services in Chelmsford.

The Chelmsford Hospice Service is registered as a charity.

The charity first established a sitting service, using volunteers to provide support and care for people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, and later appointed two Specialist Care Nurses.

1984 Our first hospice premises are purchased at Farleigh House, New London Road, Chelmsford. Over the next 4 years the building is redesigned to accommodate inpatient and day services.
1988 The hospice building at New London Road opens, initially with 6 beds and expanding to ten over the following year.
1990 Our first retail shop opens in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford.

To reach the wider community, a day hospice centre is opened at St Michael’s Hospital in Braintree.

We also employ our first Community Nurse Specialist (sometimes referred to as Macmillan nurses).

1995 A second day hospice centre is opened in Maldon, known as St Clare's Day Hospice.
1996 The Chelmsford Hospice Service officially changes its name to Farleigh Hospice; a reference to the Farleigh House building we were based in.

Although much loved by patients, volunteers and staff, it was apparent that our London Road site couldn't sustain future requirements.

We launch an appeal to raise £6m so that we can build a brand new purpose-built hospice.

2001 St Clare’s Day Hospice officially merges into Farleigh Hospice and changes its name to Farleigh in 2006.

Our hospice building appeal is successful, and we sign the contract to start construction of our new site in North Court Road, Chelmsford.


Work on our new site in Farleigh Hospice moves to a brand new building in North Court Road, Chelmsford.

A new service called the Yo-Yo Project opens too, with the aim of providing support to young people across mid Essex experiencing bereavement.

2008 We launch our HOP (Hospice Outreach Project) to replace
the Braintree Day Hospice facility. This innovative venture was the UK’s first ever mobile hospice service.

Our Hospice at Home service begins.

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Health, combined with a bit of additional fundraising, an extension
of the North Court Road site is completed and our Lantern Suite opened.


We open our 13th retail shop.

We launch our rehabilitation suite – a self contained apartment which allows patients to build independence and confidence in a safe environment, before returning home.

In collaboration with MEHT and Macmillan Cancer Support we launched an Information Pod in the atrium at Broomfield Hospital. This drop-in information service allows us to reach a wider audience and offer people the best services available to them, sooner after diagnosis.

2017 We celebrate 35 years of caring for patients and families in mid Essex.

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