Fifty five years ago, in 1962, the very first seeds were sown that would grow into St. Joseph’s Hospice.
While working as a young priest of the Mill Hill Mission in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Father Francis O’Leary was asked to help a sick and dying woman, known as Mrs Jacob. He had nowhere to lodge her but a mud hut in the church compound. She didn’t have any family or any carers to look after her.
Father O’Leary decided that some kind of care facility for terminally ill people was urgently needed so he set up the St. Joseph's Hospice Association and began to raise money to build a hospice.
The hospice in Rawalpindi was opened just two years later, in 1964, to be followed over the next 30 years by hospices in Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras. In 1972, the charity bought its UK site in Thornton, Merseyside, which opened on 19 March 1974. It was christened San Jose to reflect the charity’s Latin American links. The hospice was later extended, in 1984 and 1988, to provide even more rooms for patients.
With a 29-bed Inpatient Unit, St. Joseph’s Hospice is now the oldest and largest hospice in Merseyside. It provides long-term, specialised end of life care to over 200 patients every year.
Our Emerald Anniversary Appeal
2017 marks this very special Emerald Anniversary and we have planned a year of events and activities to celebrate.
Not only do we want to celebrate the tremendous achievements of Father O’Leary and the team of nurses and staff who have worked for the hospice over the last 55 years; but we are also asking you to help us make sure that we can continue helping patients and families from across our community for the next 55 years!
Here’s how you can support our Emerald Anniversary Appeal…