Specialists in palliative care


Charitable Trusts and Foundations make a major contribution to our work and we are very grateful for their generous support.
All grants, irrespective of size, help enable St John's Hospice offer palliative care, across North Lancashire, the South Lakes and parts of North Yorkshire.

In addition to core funding, we have a range of funding opportunities for capital items, service development and one-off projects. Grants can be spread over a number of years, providing essential funding now and in the future. Whether general or restricted, a grant can make a real difference to the services and facilities we offer, most importantly though to the people, and families, we support. 
Morrisons Foundation provided a grant for a new cuddle bed. Pictured officially handing over the bed are Joanne, community champion at the Morecambe store and Tracey, store manager. Receiving the bed on behalf of the In-Patient Unit clinical team are Lisa, Assistant Practitioner and Emma, Head of In-Patient Services.

How you can help

Whether you are an existing supporter or new to us, we would be delighted to discuss opportunities to work together. Why not meet the team and find out about our work in the hospice and in patients homes across the local communities that we serve. You will see how your funding allows us to change the lives of the patients we care for and the families we support.

St John’s Hospice prides itself on developing strong relationships with our supporters. We will ensure you stay informed of our work and will report back to you on the impact your funds make.

You can contact our Head of Supporter Engagement
David Davenport who has received nursing care from St John’s said:
I go to the inpatient ward for my blood transfusions. I can’t describe how well I am treated by everyone there: the doctors and nurses are so kind and so is Maxine who brings me my cups of tea.
During the pandemic grants from organisations like the Cumbria Community Foundation supported the hospice’s care team enabling us to care for people like David.
Helen Whewell received end of life care from our Hospice at Home team. Her daughter Catherine said:
I have nothing but praise for them, I honestly feel that without the St John’s team we wouldn’t have coped at home, they gave us the confidence to care for mum, and they gave her the pain and symptom management that she needed.
A grant from The Hadfield Trust allowed us to equip six of our Hospice at Home nurses with new laptops to help enable their much needed, compassionate, care in the local communities we serve.  
A grant from the Asda Foundation supported St John’s Hospice with the cost of purchasing hand soap to maintain strict hand hygiene in the hospice environment.

Maddy Bass, Director of Nursing & Quality said:
Hand hygiene is the single most important way that we can reduce the spread of disease and infection in the hospice. It’s particularly important for healthcare professionals such as nurses, doctors, and healthcare assistants who regularly come into close contact with patients.
The generosity of Tesco Bags of Help enabled our Bereavement Support Team to purchase memory boxes and thought-provoking items to place within them. Patients, being cared for by the hospice’s care team, use the boxes to develop ‘life stories’ for the benefit of the family members that they leave behind. The boxes can particularly help children who are grieving, to find healthy ways for them to understand, manage and express their grief.
Charlotte, Bereavement Support Lead Nurse said: 
‘I recently worked with a mum of three to make memory boxes, one for each of her children. It was a journey for her coming to terms with her illness and the thought of saying goodbye to them. I helped her create the boxes; she added birthday cards, cards for special occasions, precious keepsakes, favourite books from the children’s childhood, photographs, perfume and jewellery. It was incredibly therapeutic for her and will be something for the children to cherish in the future.’