Our History

How our charity has grown from one woman’s vision to bring specialist hospice care to Buckinghamshire.

Our History

We are a charity built on the support of our local community – quite literally, with the original Hospice building at Stoke Mandeville Hospital funded by a major fundraising campaign across Aylesbury Vale in the 1980s.   And we remain true to the vision of our founder, Barbara Lucas, to provide local dedicated hospice care for terminally ill patients.

Barbara was inspired to launch the ‘Aylesbury Hospice Appeal’ following the death of her father on a busy general ward in Stoke Mandeville Hospital – at the time there was no hospice care provision between Milton Keynes and Oxford.

Since the Hospice opened in October 1989 many thousands of patients have accessed its services which extend from care after diagnosis with terminal or life limiting illness until a patient’s final days and hours, and then support after loss for the families of our patients through the Bereavement Support Service.  

We are committed to ensuring that excellent hospice care continues to be available to patients and their families across Buckinghamshire and its borders, wherever and whenever they need it.



Aylesbury Vale Hospice Appeal launched.

Hospice appeal launched


Foundation stone laid at the hospice site in the grounds of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.


First patient is admitted to the Hospice on 16th October.

Opening of Florence Nightingale Hospice


First shop opens in 4 Market Square, Aylesbury.


Lymphoedema service launched.


Hospice Lottery Partnership starts with Iain Rennie at Home and the South Bucks Hospice.


The Hospice extension is opened by Countess of Buckinghamshire.


Hospice volunteers announced as Winner of the Queen’s Jubilee Award for enhancing the quality of patient care.


Florrie’s Children’s Team launched.


Charity and Hospice receive prestigious Government Customer Excellence Award.


Charity commissions two new Creative Therapists and a Lymphoedema Support Worker posts.


Nightingale 24/7 Care Team launched.


Charity-funded Day Hospice extension completed.

Day Hospice extension completed


FNH@Home service pilot begins in 2019.


All retail shops and events cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Charity shops closed during covid


Charity delivers over £1,000,000 of hospice care services in one year for the first time.


Hospice bathroom refurbishment completed


Lymphoedema Clinic refurbishment completed.

refurbished lymphoedema clinic


Charity commissions to two new Clinical Nurse Specialists, a Lymphoedema Nurse and a Therapy Support Worker post.

You can make a difference

Our vision is for local patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, to be able to access the best possible care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.

This will only be possible with the generosity and commitment of our supporters.  Every day your donations help us to develop and deliver the services which make such a difference in our patients’ lives.   

Please support us in whatever way you can to help keep our dedicated and specialist care available for those who need it.