Specialist care for adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness

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Share your memories of 30 years of Weldmar Hospicecare

As we mark thirty years of hospice care in Dorset throughout 2024, we would love you to share your stories, photos, and experiences of our charity.

Back to '30 Years of Weldmar Hospicecare'

In 1994, Love is All Around by Wet Wet Wet was at number one, the National Lottery was introduced, The Vicar of Dibley made its debut on TV, and the doors of Weldmar’s Inpatient Unit in Dorchester opened for the first time.

Thirty years on, throughout 2024, we’ll be reflecting on the difference that the charity has made to thousands of local people in Dorset, and looking at how things have changed. We’ll also be looking to ensure that – with your support – we’re here for the next thirty years, providing specialist end of life care to adults with a life limiting illness, and supporting their loved ones.

Back in 1994, the Inpatient Unit was a standalone charity called Joseph Weld Hospice. Trimar Hospice, a day service, opened in Weymouth in 1996, and in 2004 the two charities merged with Cancer Care Dorset, who provided community care. Weldmar Hospicecare becoming the new name of the charity in 2007.

We’d love to hear from you to help us with the celebrations of all aspects of our history.

  • Do you have a story about how the care from Weldmar made such a difference?
  • Did Weldmar do or arrange something unique during their time caring for your loved one?
  • Were you an original staff member or a volunteer?
  • Do you have photos from the early days of the charity, of our Inpatient Unit, or staff, or shops?
  • Have you done something unique to raise money or support us?
  • Do you still have any early copies of our newsletter?

Please let us know by completing the form below. We won’t use any of the words or photos you share here without your permission – if we would like to use your story or pictures, we’ll be in touch to let you know, and for your formal consent.

Pictured above: Prince Charles (as he was) with Major John Greener (the John Greener Room is where many activities now take place, including our Wellbeing Sessions); the official opening of the Inpatient Unit.


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