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New Heritage Space now open!

Our new Heritage Space social history mural, which celebrates our proud history of caring for local people in East London with life-limiting and terminal illnesses, has been opened by his eminence Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

The mural charts the fascinating story of St Joseph’s modest beginnings in 1905, when it was opened in Hackney by five Religious Sisters of Charity, thanks to a charitable donation. It also offers a welcoming space for visitors and patients to relax, chat or enjoy a snack in a comfortable, informal setting.

Chief Executive Nigel Harding commented: ‘We are delighted that our patron Cardinal Nichols officially opened this wonderful space, which showcases our journey that began over a hundred years ago, through the war years, to the modern and inclusive hospice it is today. It serves as a constant reminder of our core values – Quality, Justice, Compassion, Advocacy and Respect – which inform every aspect of our expert care.’

Today, St Joseph’s retains the initial vision of Mary Aikenhead – the founder of the Religious Sisters of Charity - providing high-quality, person-centred services both within the Hospice and in the wider community. Every year it cares for over 4,000 people in the diverse communities of East London, as well as supporting their families and carers.

Fundraising remains vital to St Joseph’s, with the Hospice needing to secure £16m every year in order to keep providing expert care to the community. It relies on the support of local people, many of whom fundraise as a positive way to celebrate their loved ones.

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