St Luke's nurses with CityBus Plymouth managing director

Big-hearted Citybus Plymouth backs local hospice care

Community-spirited Citybus Plymouth is helping St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth keep the wheels of our vital service turning by showing support in our 40th anniversary year.

With yesterday, 25 January, marking the day that 40 years ago we welcomed our first patients, Plymouth Citybus unveiled the bus it has decked out in St Luke’s branding to highlight our charity reaching such a special milestone.

Featuring some of the friendly faces of St Luke’s team, and the message of the hospice providing compassionate care for the community for 40 years, the bus will cover routes across the city throughout the year.

From humble beginnings at Syrena House in Plymstock to the multidisciplinary service we provide today, looking after terminally ill people at home, in hospital and at Turnchapel, St Luke’s cares for up to 300 patients at any given time and supports their families, too. We can do this at no cost to those we help, thanks to local individuals and organisations who fundraise, donate and volunteer to help keep our service going.

Support from local businesses is critical to ensuring St Luke’s resilience so we can reach more people who desperately need specialist care at the end of their lives.

Richard Stevens, Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus said: “Many of our team members and customers have been touched by St Luke’s in one way or another. Branding the bus for the charity is our way of saying thank you for superb care given and helping to make sure the whole city is aware of the brilliant work St Luke’s has done over the past 40 years.”

Steve Statham, Chief Executive of St Luke’s, said: “A big thank-you to Plymouth Citybus. Our eye-catching branded bus will raise more awareness of St Luke’s specialist service and the support from our community that makes it possible. The more local businesses who get behind our charity, the more families we can help over the next 40 years and beyond.”


St Luke’s 40th Anniversary – The Mini Documentary

It’s our birthday!

Proud to reach our 40th anniversary today, we couldn’t let such a special milestone pass by without saying a HUGE thank-you to all our supporters, as loyal now as you have always been.

From welcoming our first patients to Syrena House in Plymstock on this day in 1982 to our service of today, looking after people at home, in hospital and at Turnchapel, we simply couldn’t do as much as we do, as well as we do it, without the unwavering kindness of our community.

Your hearts full of compassion got St Luke’s started and they still keep us going.

Read more about our history here.

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The power of hundreds of local men on the move

We’ve launched Men’s Day Out, one of our flagship fundraising events, inviting men to gather together outdoors and go the extra mile to do good for local families going through the toughest of times.

Men’s Day Out is one of the city’s most iconic annual charity events. It raises vital funds to support the compassionate care our hospice provides for terminally ill people 365 days a year at home, in hospital and at our specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Walking in memory of loved ones no longer with them, who will never be forgotten

Places for Men’s Day Out on Saturday 23 April are expected to sell out quickly. This is due to the popularity of the event, which sees hundreds of men walking a 12km route that starts and finishes at Plymouth Albion RFC. The sponsored walk through the city’s streets and along the waterfront takes in sights such as Plymouth Hoe and the Barbican. Many of the men walk in memory of loved ones no longer with them, who will never be forgotten.

Sponsored by local company Jem Scaffolding Limited, Men’s Day Out is renowned for being a day of fun and banter. Those taking part will enjoy a pasty and a beer as well as a not-to-be-missed clash between the home team and Taunton Titans.

Registration for the event is £35. This covers logistical costs including a t-shirt, pasty, beer and entry to the rugby match.

“We could not do what we do as well as we do it without the support of the big-hearted community around us”

Nina Wearne, Partnerships Manager at St Luke’s, said: “Whether you take part in Men’s Day Out as a personal challenge or to celebrate the life of someone special, and whether you do it for the first time or as an event you enjoy every year, what matters is just that you walk.

“While St Luke’s gives specialist end of life care, free of charge to patients, this does not come cheap to our charity. We could not do what we do as well as we do it without the support of the big-hearted community around us. Being part of Men’s Day Out is a fantastic way to have loads of fun while making an important difference to local families who would otherwise miss out on the specialist care and support they need.”

Sign up for Men’s Day Out by clicking here.

St Luke's 40th Anniversary date.

On 25 January 2022, it will be the St Luke’s 40th anniversary. A whole 40 years since we welcomed our first patients. Our charity heralded the arrival of a completely new concept for the city – specialist care for terminally ill people as in-patients in a home-from-home environment, rather than in hospital, to ensure their comfort and dignity at the end of their lives. From this, grew the St Luke’s of today, looking after the majority of patients at home and at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, with only those with the most complex symptoms needing admission to Turnchapel.

What has not changed since its beginnings though, is our need to rely on the community to keep providing our specialist services at no cost. That’s why, as well as reflecting on four decades of compassionate care, we are using our 40th anniversary to express heartfelt thanks to all our supporters for their support.

“Quite simply though, we would never have come into existence – let alone still be helping local families four decades on – without the unstinting support we receive from the community around us.” – Current CEO, Steve Statham