What we do

    We are a charity based on a beautiful woodland site in Thornton just north of Liverpool. There we run our 29-bed hospice offering end-of-life care (and some longer-term care) for people from Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, West Lancashire and occasionally further afield. Click here for more about our care.

    St. Joseph's Hospice was founded originally to support hospices overseas, in line with the vision of our founder Father Francis O’Leary. Currently we operate a hospice in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and support work in Guatemala (Guatemala City) and Ecuador (Guayaquil). All of these work under the name of Jospice International. Click here for more details of our overseas work.

    The money we receive from the NHS does not fund anything like the full cost of the care we provide. We have to raise £1.7m a year and so our Thornton site also acts as the base for a major fundraising operation which includes
    - Our charity shops
    - Our lottery
    - Encouraging and promoting donations
    - Running events and helping others run events for us
    - Encouraging and promoting legacies

    We are proud to be a local Merseyside charity – founded here, caring for local people, and answerable to the community we serve. We rely heavily on local people helping us as volunteers – working in our shops, maintaining our grounds, helping with fundraising, visiting patients etc. We are helped by over 200 committed volunteers but can always use more. Click here for details of opportunities for volunteering with us.