Despite what 2020 had in store for us, we were incredibly lucky to have some good times along the way – and a lot of them!

January

We launched the Virtual Three Peaks Challenge. Our Community Support Volunteering team completed it and achieved an incredible 615 km.

February 

Our annual Pancake Race saw Birchwood Group’s ‘Fantastic Flippers’ team win the trophy.

Our Retail team took on a 'new' Donation Centre and opened the brand new Superstore.

March

We got to meet the team at Environment First and have a go in their mini dustcart, which they had built for Eastbourne’s Soapbox race.

The St Wilfrid’s Community Group on Facebook launched - we now (December) have nearly 800 members!

Many local businesses made generous donations of PPE, food and treats to our staff and volunteers who were working on the front line during the lockdown.

April

Many of you took on your own fundraising challenges to raise money for the hospice during the pandemic - thank you!

May

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day our Gardener, Kevin and his daughter made a lovely tribute to those who fought for our country, which stood proudly outside the hospice entrance.

We also celebrated Dying Matters Week and the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

June

We celebrated National Volunteers Week and shone a light on a number of the volunteering roles at St Wilfrid's on our blog and People Of St Wilfrid's Instagram page.

July

We welcomed Kathy Gore from Friends of Sussex Hospices after she had completed her 8th walk from Alfriston to Eastbourne as part of her 200 mile Sussex Hospice Trail walk.

We also launched our first online auction, which raised over £5,000. Thank you to everyone who donated. 

August

Despite having to cancel some of our Open Gardens earlier in the year, we were able to open six beautiful gardens throughout the month.

The Sussex Masonic Foundation kindly donated a new car to our Therapies team, which we are incredibly grateful for. The car has allowed the team to reach all the rural areas within our catchment area and to take more equipment to patients who are being cared for at home.

We thanked our staff and volunteers for all their hard work during lockdown with breakfast, an ice cream van and a delicious cake for those on the night shift.

We were able to tell the full story of June Liggins’ ‘final quilt’, which you can read here.

September

We were able to hold our annual Starlight Stroll event, which was a massive success and saw Pam Baisden, who had made an incredible recovery from Covid-19 a few months prior, cross the line for her virtual Starlight Stroll.

Danny Millar Property Services kindly donated Eastbourne Town Ladies shirt sponsorship to St Wilfrid’s Hospice for the 2020/21 season - thank you!

The Retail team launched the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Etsy shop.

October

We celebrated Hospice Care Week and what it takes to provide end of life care in the community. Our Chief Executive, David Scott-Ralphs wrote an enlightening piece what it takes to provide the care and support that St Wilfrid’s gives, especially through the coronavirus pandemic.

After the coronavirus put a stop to our Jail and Bail event in March, we were able to go ahead with Jail and Bail: The Great Escape. Thank you to our wonderful prisoners for taking part and to Liz Crew and the Wish Tower Friends for use of the venue.

November

The Retail team launched the Charity Boutique.

We held our Virtual Winter Banquet.

We also celebrated our Nurses in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and wore blue. 

December

Christmas Jumper Day was a success with our staff and volunteers, along with lots of local businesses and schools digging out their festive finery. It was a joy to see so many wonderful photos. Even Wilfie Bear wore a rather fetching reindeer jumper, and visited some local businesses across the area too. Thank you to everyone who took part!

We held our virtual Lights of Love service, which looked a little different this year, but it was a wonderful way to end the year. The hospice garden looked beautiful thanks to our Gardening and Fundraising teams and you helped us raise an incredible amount of money - almost our best year yet! 


Thank you to everyone who supported us throughout 2020, we couldn't do it without you.

Next year is our 40th anniversary. Find out how you can join in the celebrations and help us continue supporting our community for another 40 years at stwhospice.org/ruby