About the trust
The elderly of Bethlehem need our help. We want to have a permanent place which provides support to the many more people (men and women) who are in need and from where care programmes including hospice care can be developed and delivered.
The original trustees:
From left to Right: Rev. Fr John Metcalfe, Michael Hanrahan, Valerie Smith, Graham Smith, Eileen Kerrigan, Catherine (Philomena) McNally, Joe McNally, Laila Asfoura (not Trustee) Rt Rev John Rawsthorne (Patron) James Dickson, Kevin Kerrigan and Rev Fr Augustine O’Reilly.
John and Margaret O’Dea.
Two of our original Trustees not featured in the Bethlehem photograph are the late John O’Dea (RIP) and his wife Margaret. Each had visited Bethlehem and had witnessed the big gap in the care of the elderly and those dying from terminal illnesses.
John and Margaret helped in establishing a Trust to Fund the provision of Care for the elderly and Hospice Care in Bethlehem and remained strong supporters of the Trust. John remained a Trustee until his death in September 2018 and unfortunately Margaret resigned because of her health. We remain grateful to them both for their support over the years.
We launched in 2013
The sum to be raised is modest but its transforming potential is huge and will be long lasting. If we can achieve our aim the elderly in Bethlehem will have the foundations for the provision of care facilities for men and women.
There is great need among the elderly of Bethlehem some have been abandoned, some are widowed and some have been left behind by families who have left to find a better life. Laila welcomed the launch of the Fund which, as well as providing the benefits referred to by Bishop John will provide a sign of hope in a land which has been waiting so long for peace.
Photo: Laila Asfoura from Bethlehem with Peter Rand FHL and Joe McNally at the Launch.
Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust
37 Conalan Avenue, Bradway, Sheffield S17 4PG
We are a registered charity in England and Wales (1158406) and Scotland (SC048752).