St Margaret's 40th Anniversary

Join St Margaret's Hospice Care as we celebrate 40 years of care.

Forty years ago, on 7 January, 1980, St Margaret’s was registered as a charity.

Since then, thousands of people have worked, volunteered or raised funds to enable us to provide care and support to patients and their families during their precious last months, weeks and days. Today St Margaret’s has around 300 staff and 1,200 volunteers. Last year we supported more than 4,900 people across Somerset.

We’re so excited about our 40th anniversary. I want to pay tribute to the work of all the volunteers and staff over those years who have made St Margaret’s the phenomenal organisation it is. I’m optimistic about the future for St Margaret’s over the next 40 years because of all the work our local community does to support us. We will be working in partnership with GPs, district nurses, nursing homes and community hospitals to make sure that people don’t have to face a life-limiting condition alone and frightened.

- Ann Lee, Chief Executive of St Margaret's Hospice Care

Throughout 2020 we will be marking our 40th anniversary with a year-long ruby anniversary celebration; reflecting on our history and spreading the word about what St Margaret's is, and how we are in your area caring for people in your community.

We invite you to celebrate 40 years of care at St Margaret's Hospice Care. Find out more about how you can get involved below.

Our history

In 1978, a team of dedicated and enthusiastic people became convinced that improvements were needed in the care of those suffering from terminal illnesses in Somerset. The following year, Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, was invited to give a talk at Dillington House, near Ilminster.

On January 7, 1980, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice was registered as a charity and a major fundraising drive began. The first event was a cheese and wine party at the County Hotel in Taunton, which raised £400.

Click here to read more about the history of St Margaret’s Hospice Care.

Celebrate with us - support your local hospice

Take part - One of the highlights of the anniversary celebrations will be the Great Somerset Ruby Ball, at the County Ground in Taunton on Friday, October 16. Tickets, costing £500 for a table of 10, are available by contacting Charlotte Hayward on

 There are also a huge range of fundraising ideas for you to celebrate our Ruby Anniversary and help your hospice from home throughout 2020, just click here to get started.


Visit our St Margaret's shop - Throughout 2020, commemorative pin badges and ruby sunflower seeds are available on our online shop here. You can take part in the Ruby Sunflower competition an other activities, find out how to get involved here.



Show your company's support - Join big-hearted businesses who are supporting St Margaret's this year and find out how you can support us by working in partnership. For example, Sheppy's Cider are donating 20p from every special edition bottle of their raspberry cider sold at their farm shop throughout the year. Or celebrate our 40th anniversary by joining the 40 Business Club, a fantastic way to show your company's commitment to your local community.

St Margaret's is...

St Margaret's is changing but the important thing remains, we are in your area caring for people in your community; your neighbour, your friend, your family.

Click here to learn more about the range of support we provide. 



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