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Hartlepool Hospice Changes Name To Alice House Hospice

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If you are a resident of Hartlepool and the surrounding areas, then you will no doubt be aware of the existence of Hartlepool & District Hospice, which has served the local communities of Hartlepool and East Durham for many years. 

However, what you may not be aware of is that Hartlepool & District Hospice has recently undergone a name change. 

From the 1st October 2016, Hartlepool & District Hospice is now known as Alice House Hospice.  This is because as the result of market research carried out, many people actually thought that the hospice was called Alice House Hospice, due to the name of the founder and the name of the hospice building.

The website also has had a makeover, and I would urge everyone to visit it at to see the results for themselves.

As a solicitor specialising in Private Client work, I have attended upon many clients at the hospice both at the former premises and at the current location.  I also have attended upon numerous families who have had a loved one cared for at the hospice.  The overwhelming feedback is the gratitude clients and their families have for the care and compassion they have been given.

I am privileged therefore to have recently become a trustee of Alice House Hospice. 

If you are not aware of the type of work carried out by the hospice, it provides specialist palliative care to those in the local communities of Hartlepool and East Durham. 

Palliative care is defined by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as –

‘…the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families…’

In brief, Alice House Hospice was the vision of a local Hartlepool resident, Alice Bendle. In 1969, Alice was aged 59 and undergoing a routine hospital procedure when she was told she may die. Fortunately, Alice recovered, but the experience of what she had gone through did not leave her. It left her passionate about making sure that anyone facing a life-limiting illness would never be alone or in pain.

Alice was a very determined lady, and over the next ten years began to turn her vision into a reality, by fundraising, arguing her case to the great and good of town leaders and businessmen and local residents.  From the first meeting in 1980 of the first supporters to today, the hospice has grown from the first premises in Hutton Avenue, moving in 2004 to a purpose built facility in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool in the grounds of the University Hospital of Hartlepool and providing a wide range of support and services.

The hospice provides many types of services, not just inpatient services.  In addition to inpatient services, the hospice provides –

  • Day hospice services
  • Day care
  • Complementary therapies
  • Occupational therapy and physiotherapy
  • Counselling and support services
  • 24 hour helpline
  • Homecare
  • Long Term Unit

Tilly Bailey & Irvine and its staff have been long term supporters of the hospice, by fundraising both collectively and individually.  To date, the Private Client department has raised almost £60,000 for the hospice from the annual ‘Make a Will Month’.

If you or a loved one are suffering from illness, it is undoubtedly a difficult time, but it is important to have your affairs in order, by ensuring that you have Wills and Powers of Attorney in place.

The hospice receives very little funding from central government and therefore raises most of its funds through charitable fundraising and legacies from Wills.  Therefore, when making a Will, you may want to consider leaving a legacy to the hospice. 

If you would like any assistance in making a Will or making Powers of Attorney, then please contact our experienced Wills & Probate Team.