St Luke’s History


Founding St Luke’s: A journey from vision to royalty

St Luke’s was founded thanks to the efforts of Harold Hassall and Jim Littlemore.

In the following years, St Luke’s become a charity and we purchased Grosvenor House in Winsford as the site for the Hospice.

The first Day Hospice patients were admitted in March 1988 and the Hospice was officially opened by Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales on 18 May.


Expanding the hospice to provide more care

We opened a three ward Inpatient Unit, complete with bathing facilities, laundry, kitchen, chapel and day room/dining room. By 1992, a further extension was opened to house a multi-purpose area for Day Hospice and lectures.

The Day Hospice patient capacity was increased to 15 and Cheshire Hospices Education began palliative care training for nursing and medical professionals.

In 1994 we started our St Luke’s Lottery, which to this date is our biggest source of income! The reception area was improved in 1999 and a consulting room added.


Launching the Lymphoedema clinic and research programmes

In 2000 we introduced a Complementary Therapy Clinic for Day Hospice patients.

During the years 2002 and 2006 The Lymphoedema Clinic was introduced. St Luke’s entered into a partnership with the local Primary Care Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. Furthermore, we launched our Midnight Walk which has since raised millions of pounds.

Between 2007 and 2009 we established our first research programme with the University of Liverpool and the University of Lancaster. The Hospice received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which was presented during a Royal Visit by the Duke of Gloucester. Our staff were commissioned to work with the local Macmillan Cancer Centre. The Hospice received a grant to lead project work on end of life care in Dementia. We also purchased our Luke double decker bus thanks to Bentley, who also gave Luke a makeover in 2014!


Opening up our second site

We received a grant to create a room for our Lymphoedema Clinics. We also appointed a year long post, funded by Dementia UK, investigating the resources required to address end of life care needs in people with dementia.

In 2014 we opened up our second site Winterly Grange. We won the Best Training Initiative Award at the National Dementia Care Awards in 2015. We also began working with the Salvation Army in Crewe to support the local homeless community.

In 2018 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary which included a special visit from the Earl of Wessex.

2020 onwards…

Growing our partnerships and fundraising challenges

Our partnerships grew to include Wishing Well, Dementia UK and Hospices Together.

We explored new fundraising initiatives to raise money for the Hospice including Woof Mudder, The Great Hospice Pudding Day and overseas challenges.

We launched new services to reach more people including our Night Care Service in the Community (St Luke’s at Home), Dementia Carer Workshops and Dementia Carers’ Drop-in.

Our brand new website also launched at the start of 2024.