KEMP History

It's hard to believe that 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of KEMP. With five decades of history a lot of the stories about the journey that led to the creation of KEMP will be lost to time, however there are some dates that stand out and plenty of stories of the work that KEMP Hospice has done in and around the Wyre Forest.

We'd also love to hear your stories too. If you have had an involvement with KEMP over the years, whether it be through a family member that we have looked after or an event that you have attended, please get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you.


A Brief History of KEMP Hospice

  • 1969 - A small prayer group (volunteers) started meeting in Wolverley
  • 1980 - KEMP House Trust is formed
  • 1981 - KEMP registers with the Charity Commissioners
  • 1987 - Macmillan nurses are appointed at KEMP, the first ever in the Wyre Forest. Our volunteers are allowed to work with local families
  • 1990 - KEMP Hospice moves to Sutton Park Road. First nurse manager is appointed
  • 1992 - KEMP Hospice opens three days a week
  • 1994 - KEMP opens four days per week, and a Day Care leader appointed
  • 1996 - The third KEMP shop is opened. KEMP is registered as a nursing home
  • 2002 - Joint posts within the PCT in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy commenced
  • 2003 - KEMP purchases a former hotel at 41 Mason Road and begins work to convert it into a Hospice
  • 2005 - The New KEMP Hospice at Mason Road is opened by Sir Digby Jones
  • 2006 - Consultants move to the Hospice along with the community Macmillan team as consultant in Palliative Medicine
  • 2006 - Out-patient services are offered
  • 2006 - HRH The Duke of Gloucester opens the Sanctuary Garden at Mason Road
  • 2007 - The first KEMP Hospice Santa Fun Run takes place in Kidderminster
  • 2010 - KEMP Hospice at Home is launched
  • 2013 - KEMP for KIDS is launched, offering bereavement support to young people
  • 2017 - The 10th annual KEMP Santa Fun Run takes place with over 500 entrants
  • 2018 - KEMP Hospice launches it's new website, celebrates the 5th anniversary of KEMP for KIDS
  • 2019 - KEMP celebrates 50 years supporting the Wyre Forest

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