Important Updates

5th October 2015

Hospice Hope Launches New Ibstock Support Café

Following on from the success of its Support Cafés in Ashby de la Zouch and Coaville / Whitwick, Hospice Hope is pleased to announce the launch of its third Support Café at the Methodist Church, Melbourne Road, Ibstock.

Opening its doors to anyone affected by a life limiting illness in the Ibstock area on Tuesday 3rd November, this weekly drop-in support group will provide the same level of caring and compassionate support that many have received at our existing Cafés.

The Café will be led by Vera Harding, who has many years’ experience in nursing and is currently the local parish nurse at Bagworth, Thornton and surrounding villages.

Group Leader, Vera said “I have been aware of the valuable work that Hospice Hope does for a number of years and I am so pleased to be able to help in this practical way.  I look forward to working with the current Hospice Hope volunteers and to welcoming those in need in Ibstock and its surrounding villages to our Support Café.”

Hospice Hope will be holding a launch event on Friday 30th October from 2pm – 4pm at the Methodist Church and would welcome anyone to come along who would like to find out more about the Café, either as a guest, volunteer or as a local healthcare professional. North West Leicestershire MP and Hospice Hope Trustee, Mr Andrew Bridgen will be present to officially open the Ibstock Café.

Hospice Hope would like to thank the members of the Methodist Church for their generous use of their facilities, which has enabled this group to take place.


24th September 2015

The trustees are pleased to announce today that Stewart Shepherd has taken on the role of Chairman of Hospice Hope with immediate effect, following the resignation of Dr Geoff Foulds. 

We would like to thank Dr Foulds for his contribution over the past 2 years. 

The board of Trustees have given Stewart their full support as we work together with you all to achieve the aims and objectives that were established when the Charity was formed.


1st September 2015

Proposed Charity Shop

Further to our announcement in our Summer 2015 Newsletter regarding the opening of the charity’s first shop, it is with much regret that the Trustees of Hospice Hope announce that they are unable, at the present time, to take over the upcoming vacant lease at 49a Market Street, Ashby de la Zouch. 

Although we had yet to receive the lease, prepared by the lease holder for the Charity Trustees to sign, it had been anticipated that Hospice Hope would take possession of the premises on 1st September. However, over the past couple of months, we have had some crucial changes in the structure of the Board of Trustees, resulting in a shortage of expertise in critical areas relating to the running and managing of a shop.  In addition, there has also been the announcement of a further charity shop on Market Street in an already crowded charity-retail environment, which we feel could have a significant impact on potential sales and recruitment of suitable paid staff and volunteers. 

We are very disappointed that we have had to make this decision, however, we are also very aware of the great responsibility which we have to all the many local people who have been so diligent in supporting and fundraising for Hospice Hope over many years.  As custodians of the charity, we cannot lead the charity down a route which could significantly impact our financial reserves and local reputation.  

We will continue to work to promote the Charity, to offer support to local people affected by life limiting illnesses and to achieve a Day Care Centre for the residents of North West Leicestershire at the earliest possible opportunity.

The Board of Trustees

Hospice Hope