St Columba’s Hospice first opened its doors in 1977 with just three months’ running costs and 15 beds. It has since developed to provide a modern, comprehensive range of care for people in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with progressive, far advanced, life limiting diseases. We also support their families, friends and carers through the toughest of times.
Following our successful Rebuild Campaign, St Columba’s Hospice now has a 30 bed inpatient unit, treating over 500 patients every year. We run a nurse-led Day Hospice providing symptom management and a Community Team of six palliative care nurses who complete 3,000 home visits each year. St Columba’s Hospice is run by a multi-disciplinary team of Health Professionals, Support Staff and over 600 volunteers.
As an independent charity, St Columba’s Hospice must raise over £8 million a year. This enables us to continue to provide end of life care, free of charge, to those who need it. By taking part in The Push and The Nudge, you will help us make every minute count for our patients, their family and friends at the most difficult of times.
Following a visit to St Christopher’s in London, Ann Weatherall – Matron of Corstorphine and Beech Mount Hospital in Edinburgh – was so inspired by the care given to the dying that together with Dr Derek Doyle (who would become the Hospice’s first Medical Director) she founded a committee to raise funds to found Scotland’s first modern hospice.
After many years of fundraising, St Columba’s Hospice first opened its doors in 1977 with 15 in-patient beds and three months’ running costs. Over the years it has grown and evolved into an exemplary provider of specialist palliative care for thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians annually, while also providing support to their relatives and loved ones.
Following a successful £26 million Rebuild Campaign, St Columba’s Hospice moved from its temporary base back home. In May 2014 the Hospice returned to a brand new building at its original location; 15 Boswall Road, Edinburgh, overlooking the Firth of Forth. This building has a 30-bed Inpatient Unit, Day Hospice, Outpatient Services and Community Palliative Care Team.
St Columba’s Hospice is run by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, AHP’s, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, counsellors, chaplains, social workers, complementary therapists, fundraisers, stewards, domestics and catering staff. All of our staff are supported by over 600 volunteers.
Our new Education and Research Centre is based at 17 Boswall Road, next to the main Hospice building, and provides courses for carers, students, graduates and health care professionals. Education is fundamental to the delivery of excellent palliative care and St Columba’s Hospice has always had a strong commitment to sharing knowledge and research through extensive in-house and outreach programmes, which have been accessed by professionals working across Scotland.
Our graduates are often current or future leaders of palliative care, and over time strong links have been created with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Napier University.
To find out more about St Columba’s Hospice and the work we do, please visit our website at www.stcolumbashospice.org.uk. Our website is packed full of information about our services, our Education and Research department, our other fundraising activities and how you can get involved as a volunteer!
If you’d like to discuss sponsorship opportunities with St Columba's Hospice, contact Alex Sharp, Fundraising Events Manager on 0131 551 1381 or email ASharp@stcolumbashospice.org.uk