About our charity

Welcome to the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust, where compassion and support converge to make a profound difference in the lives of individuals and families facing challenging times.

In Bethlehem, a significant challenge for many is the lack of suitable resources when facing life limiting illnesses. At this crucial stage, when comfort and dignity become paramount, people often find themselves with limited options and nowhere to turn.

Bethlehem’s healthcare system is underdeveloped and healthcare delivery is patchy. And whilst family networks are strong in Bethlehem, without palliative support, they are unable to help or comfort their loved ones.During a visit to Bethlehem in 2010, a group of individuals who are now Trustees witnessed the deprivation and struggles faced by many people in the community. Inspired by their firsthand experience, subsequent visits further highlighted the ongoing challenges that locals endured. Recognising the lack of available resources, the trustees initially set up a charity provision to to establish centres to support both local men and women. However, as time went on, the pressing need for hospice care became apparent. In 2018, the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust was established with the primary focus of providing much-needed hospice care within the community.

We have since established a dedicated hospice at home care service to provide personalised care and support to people in the comfort of their own homes. By providing hospice care at home, we strive to create a warm, nurturing atmosphere that fosters a sense of familiarity and peace during this challenging time.

We believe that every person, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves to be treated with compassion and provided with the highest quality of care. Join us in making a difference. Whether through donating, fundraising, or simply spreading awareness about the invaluable work we do, your support can help bring comfort, peace, and hope to those in need. Together, we can provide a sanctuary of care and compassion, fostering strength and resilience in the face of life’s greatest challenges.

Thank you for visiting the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust. We invite you to explore our website, learn more about our services, and discover how you can become a part of our compassionate community. Together, we can make a profound impact on the lives of those who need it most.

Compassion. Support. Dignity.

This is the essence of the
Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust.

the need for hospice care is great…

Our Trustees

Behind the mission and success of the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust are our esteemed trustees, a group of dedicated individuals who selflessly serve as the guiding force for our organization. Committed to the highest standards of governance and compassion, our trustees play a pivotal role in shaping our vision, ensuring the effective management of resources, and fostering an environment of trust and accountability.

Each trustee brings a unique set of skills, expertise, and experiences to the table, creating a diverse and dynamic team that works harmoniously to advance our mission. They possess a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals and families navigating illness, grief, and end-of-life journeys, and are driven by a shared commitment to providing compassionate care and support.

Our trustees are responsible for charting the strategic direction of the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust, making informed decisions that enable us to adapt and grow in a rapidly changing landscape. Through their dedication, they ensure that our service remain responsive to the evolving needs of our community, consistently upholding the highest standards of care and excellence.

Joe McNally

Trustee

Rev Fr Augustine O’Reilly

Trustee

Graham Smith

Trustee

John McDonald

Trustee

Fiona Goodhart

Trustee

Philomena McNally

Trustee

Professor Philip Hopkins

Trustee

Valerie Smith

Trustee

Rev Fr Martin Kelly

Trustee

John Booth

Trustee

Siobhan Doran

Trustee

Alexis Tucker

Trustee

Our Patrons

The Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust is honoured to have the unwavering support of our esteemed patrons, individuals and organisations who share our passion for compassionate care and make a profound difference in the lives of those in need. These remarkable individuals serve as beacons of hope, inspiring our community and championing our mission to provide comfort, dignity, and support during life’s most challenging moments.

Our patrons are advocates for our cause, using their influence and resources to raise awareness and rally support for our programs and services. Through their philanthropy, they enable us to expand our reach, ensuring that no one faces the complexities of illness, grief, or end-of-life journeys alone. Their generosity strengthens our ability to provide comprehensive care and support, free of charge, to those who need it most.

Our patrons embody the values that define the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust: empathy, respect, and a deep belief in the power of human connection. They stand alongside us, fostering a culture of compassion and kindness, and encouraging others to do the same. Their involvement ensures that our organization remains a beacon of hope and support, creating lasting legacies of care and making a meaningful difference in the lives of countless individuals and families.

Cardinal Arthur Roche

Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Rt Reverend John Keenan

Bishop of Paisley, Scotland

Rt Reverend Ralph Heskett

C.Ss.R. Bishop of Hallam, Sheffield

Sir Patrick Duffy

KCSG

Dame Rosalie Winterton

DBE, M.P.