Thirty years of caring for people in the West Suffolk and Thetford community was marked with a special service at St Nicholas Hospice Care last Thursday.
On May 1, 1984 the hospice’s first nurse started caring for people facing life-shortening illnesses and their families.
That one nurse was swiftly joined by two colleagues and gradually the charity grew.
Now, St Nicholas Hospice Care has 150 employees, 650 volunteers and last year supported more than 2,500 people.
Patients, families, staff, volunteers and hospice supporters were invited to Thursday’s service, which was held at the hospice, in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds.
The service was led by Canon Richard Norburn, hospice president, who spearheaded the efforts to launch the hospice more than three decades ago.
He said: “We’ve looked back on the last 30 years with thanks and now we look forward with hope and confidence.”
The Rev Canon Norburn was supported by hospice chaplain Charles Amoah, the Rev Sue Nutt, Father Philip Shryane and the Rev Paul Hills.
MrHills said: “It’s a great privilege to be here on this special occasion. There is such a lot to celebrate from these 30 years. It’s about simple human kindness and compassion.”
More than 70 people attended the service and an informal reception afterwards.