MADAM, Next week marks our tenth anniversary
of the launch of the Hospice project.
Our original aim was to erect a small building
but as the needs of the Forest were identified
and assessed it became clear Great Oaks
should be about five times larger than originally
This made the project seem daunting at times
but there was never any real need to worry as
the wonderful community spirit of the Forest
backed the Steering Committee with enthusiasm
and generosity which we could only have
dreamed of. This enabled us to move into Great
Oaks on schedule in September 2004.
From that day the service has grown, giving
a wide range of care tailored to the individual
needs of patients and their families.
Thank you to everyone for your amazing and
humbling support over the past ten years. You
have made the dream come true. Our annual
running costs stand at around £380,000 at the
moment and Great Oaks will always need your
Please continue to do whatever you are able
to ensure Dean Forest Hospice can give a totally
free service of care to future generations.
Sheila Evans, Great Oaks Hospice