Since our original foundation in 1983, we have significantly extended our services and work closely with Hospiscare to serve our local community.
Our charity was originally founded in 1983 under the name of Care of the Terminally Ill (COTI) and registered by the Charities Commission on 20 August 1984.
We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2024.
Volunteer visits into patients’ homes were established in 1984 and the first AGM was held on 27 November 1985 when our name was changed to Budleigh Salterton & District Hospiscare. A Macmillan nurse employed by Hospiscare started on 1 September 1986 and initial grants from the National Society for Cancer Relief helped to pay her salary for the first 3 years. A hugely energetic fundraising effort was made to reach the initial target total of £100,000 to fund her costs afterwards.
Since then, our fundraising efforts and volunteer activities have continued and we have gone from strength to strength. In June 2015, the Charity Commission granted us CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) status, enabling us to adopt a modern constitution and governance.
The Hospiscare@Home service, extending the existing Nurse Specialist service to hands-on nursing care in the patient’s own home, launched in June 2017.