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The Thirsk Weekly News is a family-owned paper for Thirsk and the surrounding area


10th September, 2022.

Last Saturday I visited two interesting events. In the morning Herriot Hospice Homecare launched their September fund-raising campaign at Thirsk Town Hall, choosing this month because it was in September of 1890, 132 years ago, that the cottage hospital paid for by Mrs Sarah Lambert first opened its doors to provide medical care for the people of Thirsk and around.

She gave £2,000 to build and equip it, and also invested £7,000 in railway shares to provide an annual income of £220 to run it.

The building will soon be turned into a modern hospice with daycare facilities as well as a base for the homecare and other services run by the charity which care for people and their families living with a terminal illness.

The architect’s illustrations visualizing the new life for this old building suggest a calm, non-institutional place where people will come before systems.........

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