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St Columba’s Hospice has launched a year-long programme of events and initiatives to mark 40 years since the Hospice opened. 


St Columba’s Hospice opened its doors in 1977 with just 15 beds and enough money to run for three months. Today, 40 years later, the Hospice has a state-of-the-art building with 30 inpatient beds, a day hospice service, an outpatients’ service and a community nursing team who look after hundreds of patients in the community.

To mark 40 years of providing care and support to the community of Edinburgh and the Lothians, we have year-long programme of special events and activities planned.

Today we kick off our 40th year by launching a new logo, which will sit alongside the Hospice’s primary logo, on all of our printed and online work.

Plus in 2017 there will be:

    • new and exciting events for people to get involved with the Hospice, as well as some of the Hospice’s best loved events, including the Giant Pub Quiz and A Walk To Remember.
    • places available in marathons and challenge events for people to take part in, such as the Kiltwalk and the Forth Bridge Abseil.
    • new volunteering vacancies throughout the year, for people who want to donate their time.
    • a new film about the Hospice will launch in early 2017
    • an interactive timeline showcasing some of the key moments from the Hospice’s history
    • a conference about palliative care will take place in October, for health and social care practitioners, organised by the Hospice’s Centre for Education & Research
    • a year-long behind-the-scenes look at how the Hospice is run, by our staff bloggers.

Be the first to hear our 2017 updates

Our website and social media pages will be kept up-to-date with all the latest news from the Hospice, and you can also sign-up to our email newsletter too. We hope you will join us to mark our 40th year of providing care and support for the people of Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Thank you for your support, from 1977 to 2017 and beyond!