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Who we support

We support those living with a life-limiting illness and their families and loved ones

Ken Dobbs and his family

When Michael’s dad, Ken, walked through the doors in early December “you could see he was physically relieved to be there.  Whilst he was at Cransley, as far as he could be, he was back to himself, cracking (bad) jokes and playing tricks on the hospice staff and his visitors. You could tell he felt safe and comfortable at the hospice which made it easier for us. We knew that he was looked after and that whenever we left him, we felt reassured that the staff were around, and he wouldn’t feel alone.”

Michael and his family have continued to support Cransley Hospice Trust through their fundraising; cycling, running, abseiling, and holding quiz nights in Ken’s name.  As a family they have made a huge difference to end of life care for other families who find themselves in a similar situation, and have now raised over £55,000.


Bryan Betts and his family

Bryan Betts was Claire’s dad, her number one hero.  He died peacefully just nine months after he had received the devastating diagnosis of terminal cancer.

“Theresa, the specialist palliative care nurse, would come out to the house and just sit and talk to him – she had a special way of saying things and helped him come to terms with it himself.  She helped Mum, Dad and the wider family so much.  I can’t put into words the difference that they made.  They knew when to be there and when to leave us alone.  It was care of the hospice team that enabled him to die in the best way possible, surrounded by lots of love and his family.”

As the younger of two sisters, Claire worshipped her dad, and being at his bedside when he passed away is her final, precious memory of him.

Information and support

In June 2024, we launched a new digital Care and Support online service for patients, carers, families and medical professionals via the Cransley Hospice Trust website.

Our investment in a new website has given our community access to clear information, help and support online, 24/7.

The team at Cransley Hospice Trust have worked collaboratively with partners at Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) and other local health care providers to ensure the right information is easily available and accessible for patients, families, careres and professionals.

Our influence

Working with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) we have been able to secure the provision of inpatient hospice care at Cransley Hospice for the foreseeable future.

We have also been working to improve services across North Northamptonshire ensuring there is a focus on accessible services for our community and subsequently reviewing what needs to change to deliver this ambition.

There is much sill to do. The funds we raise will go to improving service provision as well as ensuring it is accessible for all those living in North Northamptonshire.

Bereavement support

Supporting those who are experiencing bereavement is an important part of the work we support.

We recognise that grief is a unique experience and there is much we can do to support the patient and their families through this difficult time.

In 2023 we gave out 83 Memory boxes to children and young adults across our community and the Chaplain and volunteer bereavement supporters made over 1240 support visits in the community.

GriefChat, our online support service created by bereavement experts is a completely free service, available Monday-Friday, 9 am-9 pm or by email out of these hours. It provides emotional support for bereaved people, access to trained bereavement counsellors and referral into other specialist bereavement services.

Education and Training

All of the partners delivering palliative and end of life care recognise the need to keep the staff trained to the highest standards. We support all aspects of training and the valuable continual professional development learning that enables them to improve the care they give.

We recognise the vital role education and training plays in all our lives.

We are proud of the quality of care provided across our community.

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