The way ahead
As a result of the amazing donations we receive from relatives and friends of patients who have become part of the PBL family, we are able to meet the many requests for funds. These include ambulances or taxis for patients who need to go home quickly as time is so precious and often short, refreshments and newspapers for the coffee bar and stocking the wonderful Drinks Trolley.
In addition, we have been able to give £1,000,000 to support our sister charity, Priscilla Bacon Hospice, in the building of a brand new hospice, with the possibility of more funds to come in the future. To date, over £6.4 million has been raised in total.
We are a small group who meet monthly to consider requests for funding, keep up to date with what’s happening, review our financial situation and to plan for the future.
We make grants to supplement the ever tighter funding from the NHS. This enables the patients and their relatives to have additional benefits such as special equipment or assisted study for the staff.
How we started
In 1975 a group of far sighted people met to explore the possibility of establishing a hospice in Norwich. Inspired by the work of Dame Cicily Saunders at St Christopher’s Hospice in South London, they wanted the same quality of care to be available in Norfolk.
An appeal, launched in 1977 raised £250,000. The Cancer Macmillan Fund underwrote the cost of the building and the Area Health Authority provided the site. There was a quick and generous response from the people of Norfolk. The Duchess of Kent officially opened Priscilla Bacon Lodge in October 1979.
Basil Robarts chaired the appeal and Priscilla, Lady Bacon became its President. Some members of the original committee continued to form the Priscilla Bacon Support Group today.