Our 35th anniversary

In 2017, Earl Mountbatten Hospice celebrates 35 years of serving the Isle of Wight. We invite you to join us in celebration of this milestone throughout the year.

Our 35th anniversary film explains more about our work, both past and present, as well as our hopes for the future.


Our history

Earl Mountbatten Hospice opened in 1982, as part of the National Health Service. It was the result of a public appeal in memory of the Island's Governor, Lord Louis Mountbatten. The money raised was used to covert the West Wight Ward of the Fairlee Infectious Disease Hospital in Newport. It provided ten beds and was called the Earl Mountbatten House Continuing Care Unit. The photo shows Dr Desmond Murphy, Consultant Physician (retired) at the opening of the hospice on 13 October 1982, with HRH Duchess of Kent who performed the official opening.

During 2017, we will be celebrating our achievements and looking to the future as we continue to educate others and improve end of life care for Islanders wherever they may be. We have ambitious plans to extend our training and education, and look forward to revealing more about this during 2017. 

We are also launching some new fundraising initiatives and events during 2017, and we hope that you will be able to take part in these throughout the year. 

Will you go for gold?

In recognition of our 35th anniversary, all of our fundraisers throughout the year - including those supporting Earl Mountbatten Hospice's Walk the Wight - will receive a limited edition, anniversary badge to say “thank you” for supporting the hospice.
Everyone who raises £35 or more will receive a Bronze anniversary badge. Those who go the extra mile and raise £350 or more will receive a Silver anniversary badge. And those who really step up to the challenge and raise £3,500 or more will receive a Gold anniversary badge.

How it works

Badges will be sent out at the end of every month. Please ensure your donations are sent to us clearly stating your name, address and contact details, otherwise we won’t be able to send your badge.
If you haven’t received your badge within 28 days, please contact us on (01983) 217300
Badges are awarded on a cumulative basis; once you’ve raised £35 and have received your bronze badge, this amount will count towards your silver badge and so on. Each badge will only be awarded once.
When you receive your badge we hope you’ll wear it with pride and inspire others to be as awesome as you!

Badges can only be issued to individual fundraisers. If you are fundraising as part of a team but want the money you’ve raised yourself to count towards your own badge, you would need to send your total in separately with a note saying your contribution also needs to be included towards your team's total.  
If the team total is sent in one go under the name of one individual, the whole amount will be attributed to that one person and they will only receive one badge.

How the money you raise will help

£35 means that we can:

  • pay for an hour of specialist nursing care
  • give any Islander an hour of bereavement counselling from our experts
  • provide a patient with four hours’ respite care, giving family and friends time to have a break
  • give a dying person two hours of personal care in the comfort of their own home

£350 means that we can:

  • pay for the care of one patient on our hospice ward for one day
  • supplie enough oxygen to our patients on the hospice ward for one week
  • provide patients with fresh and healthy meals for one day
  • provide 8 people with a group exercise programme in our bespoke rehabilitation gym, to keep living whilst dying

£3,500 means that we can:

  • provide 8 patients with one month’s supply of medication and pain relieving drugs
  • provide one month of highly specialised nursing care and support to patients and their families
  • pay for 3 syringe drivers to relieve pain and discomfort for patients by controlling their medication
  • pay for a highly specialised, pressure relieving mattress to give the greatest comfort possible to a dying patient on our hospice ward

"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient