Budleigh Salterton & District Hospiscare was originally founded in 1983 under the name of Care of the Terminally Ill (COTI) to provide a service, through trained volunteers, to patients facing terminal illness in their own homes and their families. By April 1986 there were 30 trained volunteers and a MacMillan trained nurse was being employed. Initial grants from the National Society for Cancer Relief helped to pay her salary but a hugely energetic fundraising effort was made to reach the initial target total of £100,000.
The first AGM was held on 27 November 1985 when our name was changed to Budleigh Salterton & District Hospiscare. The provision of the nursing service by Hospiscare Exeter, Mid & East Devon started on 1 September 1986.
In June 2015, the Charity Commission granted us CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) status, a new form of charity introduced to provide various benefits over previous forms.
The Hospiscare@Home service, extending the existing Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) service to hands-on nursing care in the patient's own home, launched at the end of June 2017.
Our administration is carried out from an office in the Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre; we also work closely with Hospiscare Exmouth & Lympstone and the nurses are based at their offices at Highview Gardens, Exmouth.
We need to raise in excess of £400,000 per annum to continue to support the vital services we provide to the local community. We do not receive any financial support from the NHS or the Government.