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Our impact

Our impact

"Just seeing everything that you do for your patients at Hospiscare means so much. No one knows when, if or how we will need services like Hospiscare. I don’t think I’ve got the words to express how wonderful it is here."

We can’t change a diagnosis, but we can change someone’s life after diagnosis

Every year, we care for close to 2,000 local people living with a terminal illness. This care is provided at no cost to the patient and their family as we believe that everyone, no matter their circumstances or economic standing, deserves the right to a good death.

Read Hospiscare’s 2022-2023 Impact Report

Read Hospiscare’s 2021-2022 Impact Report

Read Hospiscare’s 2020-2021 Impact Report

Read Hospiscare’s 2019-2020 Impact Report

Hospiscare is needed now more than ever

Changes in lifestyle, health and welfare mean that we can all expect to live for longer, but not necessarily in good health. Life expectancy in Devon is particularly high and an older, rural population means greater pressure on health services.

The population of our county is also changing, with a projected increase in population of 100,000 over the next 20 years. There is a greater need for end-of-life care than is currently available and with Devon’s ageing population, demand is only going to increase.

People are now living longer with multiple diagnoses and, although treatments are improving, it means that patients towards the end of life have complex needs which often require a holistic, specialist approach to enable them to achieve the best death.


“Knowing that Keith was able to carry on doing the things he loved most was a real comfort to us all."

“We will be eternally grateful to the work that Hospiscare do and the incredible support they give. Marathon in a Month coincided with the anniversary of Keith’s death, and also his birthday, so it just felt right to honour him in this way and get something positive out of something so devastating."

Read Gill's story

Patients are at the heart of all we do

We know that every day matters to our patients; that is why a lot of the work we do revolves around life, rather than death.

  • 97.3%

    patients recommended us on IWantGreatCare

  • 187

    people were supported by our volunteer Care Navigators

  • 75

    thank you letters and cards were received

It’s the people who shape our organisation

From staff to volunteers, every person within our Hospiscare family is dedicated to making every day matter to our patients and their loved ones.

We are so proud that so many of our staff and volunteers have a sense of belonging to our charity and are recognised for their long service. It is the strength of our family that has seen us through the COVID-19 pandemic as without the dedication of our staff and volunteers, we simply would not be here.


“It’s like a big family working here; even though what joins us is a sad thing, together, we make it positive.”

Becci Stone joined the Hospiscare family as Volunteering Administrator in May 2021 but this wasn’t her first contact with our charity.

Read Becci's story

We receive just 18% of our funding from the NHS

Hospiscare relies on the support of our community to generate 82% of the income needed to fund our care. This ensures that end-of-life care and family support is delivered at no cost to our patients and their loved ones.

Gifts in Wills form a vital part of our charity’s income. Without the generosity of those in our community who choose to remember our charity in their Wills, we simply could not operate our services. Find out more.

We raise approximately £10 million every year to provide our services. This is how our income and expenditure was split in 2021-2022:



Training the next generation

“The training at Hospiscare is very varied. I gained experience in the community by going on home visits as well as by working on the hospice ward at Searle House. “Everyone at Hospiscare has a proactive way of wanting to be better – to do more and learn more. The people here want to take every opportunity to learn and improve. You don’t find that very often.”

Read Emily's story

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