International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day we pay tribute to the women who have shaped St Joseph’s Hospice.

Many women have made a significant impact on St Joseph’s Hospice throughout its 117 year history. The five sisters of charity who arrived in 1900 from Dublin to help the poor and dying of East London. The generous benefactor Grace Goldsmid who donated the money needed to open the hospice and of course Dame Cicely Saunders who trained at St Joseph’s and whose subsequent activity was to be so consequential for the creation of the modern hospice movement.

Throughout our history the Religious Sisters of Charity have nursed our patients with care and compassion and they still play an active role in hospice life.

Today around 80% of our staff are women; nurses working on the wards and in the community, healthcare assistants, doctors, bereavement counsellors, social workers, domestic and support staff. Every one of them playing their part in ensuring that the people of East London get the best care possible.

Happy International Women’s Day.