KEMP Hospice Celebrate Golden Year

28th December 2018

2019 marks a special time in the life of a Kidderminster charity as the Wyre Forest district’s KEMP Hospice celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Established in 1969 the charity has been providing care and support for local families who are dealing with life-limiting illnesses and bereavement for five decades and, since its inception has helped thousands and thousands of people. Based on Mason Road the charity provides a day hospice for people who need specialist treatment, a counselling hub for families who are facing or dealing with grief and bereavement as well as a brand new support service for local people who are caring for very ill loved ones in their own home.

Heidi Hawkins is Chief Executive at KEMP Hospice and said they had some exciting plans for the next 12 months: “2019 is a very big year for us here at KEMP Hospice, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. It promises to be a year of celebration and excitement across KEMP. We’ll be putting on some amazing events (including a music festival called KEMPfest and a dragon boat race), launching new ones like our Christmas Tree Recycling scheme that runs from the 11th to 13th of January and revamping some KEMP classic events such as Midnight Walk and our Santa Fun Run to give them extra sparkle and shine. We’ll also be embarking on our next five-year strategy, ensuring that KEMP continues to provide our unique care and support into the future.”

Heidi said that as well as exciting fundraising events, 2019 was an important time to reflect on KEMP’s rich history: “It’s incredible to believe that it’s been a whole five decades since the original founders decided to support very poorly people in their own homes. KEMP was established in 1969 in Wolverley by a group of forward thinking people, at the dawn of the modern hospice movement. KEMP has grown a lot in this time but here we still stand today, carrying on that important legacy of providing care and support to the people in our local community at a time when they need it most. On behalf of our team of everyone at KEMP, and of all the many people who have received our services since 1969, I want to say how grateful we are to them, and to everyone who has contributed to KEMP’s history and future. From all of us at KEMP we want to thank you for your support and wish you a happy Golden New Year.”

It costs £1.5million a year to operate KEMP, with around eighty percent of funding coming from the generosity of fundraising and support from the local community. Anyone wishing to find out more about the charity, and their plans for their golden anniversary year are encouraged to visit their website www.kemphospice.org.uk.