Our Story So Far
The Kilbryde Hospice Appeal was established in 2001 by Tony McGuinness and Dr John Richards to help tackle the lack of palliative care beds within South Lanarkshire.
To date Kilbryde Hospice provides palliative care and support to patients and families of patients with life limiting illnesses such as Cancer, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson and Multiple Sclerosis. The hospice currently provides day services, care at home and counselling services from our new building, which opened in January 2015 at a cost of £4 million.
Kilbryde Hospices aim is to enable people to live life to the fullest!
Over the last 17 years Kilbryde has grown so much and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.
Please take a look at our timeline below to see our story so far.
‘The Kilbryde Hospice Appeal’ was established and officially registered as a charity in Scotland. The appeal was launched by Dr John Richards and Tony McGuinness to tackle the lack of palliative care beds in South Lanarkshire.
We began providing Day Hospice Services from the Red Deer Centre in East Kilbride.
Our two-acre site on the grounds of Hairmyres Hospital was approved for us to construct a purpose built hospice.
The construction of Kilbryde Hospice began on the grounds of Hairmyres Hospital, our current site. The first sod was cut by Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Kilbryde Hospice building was complete at a cost of £4 million, all of which was raised through public fundraising. We began a phased approach to moving all of our services to our new building, including Drop In, Day Services, Out Patients and our Care@Home base.
The Tony McGuinness Day Services unit was officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
We received the fantastic news that from April 2018, we would be receiving funding from South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership for the 12 beds in the Donna Mortimer Ballantyne In-patient Unit. This allows us to provide a full set of services from our hospice building.
On Monday 6th August, the Donna Mortimer Ballantyne in-patient unit at Kilbryde Hospice was officially opened by the Mortimer family.
Donna, who was a Director and Trustee of Kilbryde Hospice, worked tirelessly advocating and fundraising for a hospice to be built in South Lanarkshire. Donna lost her brave 9 year battle with Malignant Melanoma in 2011.
Throughout her illness, Donna raised over £1million for charity, giving up much of her very precious time to help others she considered less fortunate.