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Special service will mark Hospice’s milestone year

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Special service will mark Hospice’s milestone year

St Nicholas Hospice Care is inviting the community to join them for a special service to mark four decades of their care across West Suffolk and Thetford.

The Hospice is currently celebrating 40 years of caring and, as part of its celebration of this milestone, will be holding Thankful: a Service of Remembrance and Celebration hosted by St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds.

A warm welcome is extended to anyone who wants to attend the service, which will remember all of those who have received the hospice’s care and support during the past 40 years, celebrate those many people who have made this care possible and look forward with thanksgiving to the next stage of the Hospice’s journey.

Linda McEnhill, the Hospice’s Chief Executive officer, said: “Since St Nicholas Hospice Care was founded on August 24, 1983, we have been striving to provide the best possible specialist end-of-life care and support to local patients and their families.

“We’re proud to have been part of our community for 40 years, and it is only because of the dedicated support we have received that St Nic’s has been able to bring countless moments of comfort to so many patients and families.

“St Nic’s has been shaped by so many compassionate people who have helped build our legacy along the way, but we wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for the vision, passion and determination of a few extraordinary people over 40 years ago.

“In 1981, Canon Richard Norburn saw the need for end-of-life care and thought there ought to be ‘something better’. He shared his worries with the then Canon Sally Fogden and together, they set up a steering committee. The rest is, as they say, history.

“Please join us for Thankful: a Service of Remembrance and Celebration; we would love to share this special event with as many of those who have supported or been supported by St Nic’s as possible.”

The service will take place on Sunday, 12 May at 3.30pm and will be followed by refreshments served in the Cathedral Cloisters.

The Rev’d Canon Philip Banks, Canon Precentor at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, said “The staff, teams and volunteers who make up the family of St Nicholas Hospice Care do such incredibly important work with compassion, dedication, and professionalism.
“They have offered wonderful care and dignity to so many patients and their families over the past 40 years and pray that this will continue for many years to come.

“We are thrilled to host the Service of Remembrance and Celebration in May and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Cathedral on the day.”

If you’d like to attend the service, you must reserve your seat(s). You can do this by clicking here or by calling the Hospice’s Supporter Care Team on 01284 715566 or by emailing

All reservations must be made by April 26.