History of Saint Michael's Hospice

Saint Michael’s Hospice grew from the dedication and passion of the people of the Harrogate district who were concerned that local people with terminal illness were living and dying in pain and without the respect and dignity they deserved. With no radical change to the health service on the horizon, they decided care and support needed to be available locally for people in this situation and set about raising the money needed to fund such a service.

In 1987 Saint Michael’s was officially constituted and the charity welcomed its first inpatient in 1989. Since these pioneering beginnings the organisation has grown from strength to strength.

Today it is delivering a network of services and also raising the millions of pounds needed annually to fund them. As a result of these efforts, Saint Michael’s is improving the lives of more and more people with terminal illness every day, by offering them the specialist end of life care they want and need.  

Saint Michael’s now provides expert care to more than 2000 people each year, who are living with illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease and end stage heart and lung disease. We care for the majority of these individuals as outpatients and more than that, we support their friends and family too.

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