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.
Meet the Trustees…
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.
Our progress so far…
We are pleased to report the establishment of St. Joseph’s Hospice Home Care Service; the first hospice care in Bethlehem. St Joseph’s will deliver Hospice-at-Home Care to terminally ill patients initially within the Bethlehem Governate. Resources presently available do not enable a Hospice in-patient service to be provided.