The Hospice Story...

Improving end of life care for the Great Yarmouth and Waveney community.

We are fundraising to build a ten-bed Specialist Palliative Care facility with Day Care, Complementary Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Bereavement Counselling.The whole service will be Specialist Palliative Care Consultant led for the people of Gt Yarmouth & Waveney.Currently, we have over 7.54 acres of land in Hopton on the Gorleston border in Norfolk.We have been working with Architects, Quantity Surveyor, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers to get us to tender document stage, with the added bonus that Easement was also granted.

The brief was to pick up the original concept and whilst retaining the initial principles and form of the design and develop the fully detailed scheme to a fully detailed package.

In realising the aspirations of  East Coast Hospice Chairman Jenny Beesley and her team, Paul Robinson Partnership will be creating a holistic environment for patients, friends and family to feel relaxed during challenging times. Paul Robinson Partnership have been working closely with East Coast Hospice drawing on valuable knowledge to ensure all details are fully considered and implemented.

We complied with our Planning conditions which gave us planning permission in perpetuity. We also decided to make our car park larger to accommodate more disabled parking. Permission for this was granted in 2018.

East Coast Hospice has had to fund three archaeological digs at great expense to the charity.

The trustees have used their expertise to enhance and save the charity a great deal of expense. To date, we have saved over £2M on design alone.

Our trustees all have a personal interest in improving palliative care in Gt Yarmouth & Waveney and all have first-hand experience of end-of-life conditions. Perhaps the best known is the late Margaret Chadd who worked with Dame Cicely Saunders to found the UK’s first hospice in 1967. Our current Board of Directors/Trustees possess a variety of skills such as Health & Safety, Medical, Nursing, Leadership, Business Education and NHS Management Experience and Law. The board is run in adherence to The Charities Commission’s requirements and the highest Corporate Governance standards.

In July 2018 we lost dear Margaret at the wonderful age of 96. Her commitment, logic and enthusiasm stays with us all.

It is so very sad and heart breaking when one looks at the Public Health Statistics from Norfolk and Suffolk on end-of-life care. We are the only area left in the country without a hospice, also having areas with some of the highest deprivation in the country.

Margaret Chadd House will provide specialist end-of-life care led by a Specialist Palliative Care Consultant and we will also provide support and training for other agencies and carers. As a local independent charity we believe that there is abundant local enthusiasm, talent and expertise to make the hospice a reality.

Throughout the charity’s life we have consulted with as many people and agencies as possible with the aim of working in partnership when we become service-providers. There have been a number of working parties looking at different aspects of end-of-life care the main one being the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme. The document that came from this programme was exceptionally well-written which highlighted many areas that needed improvement, one of which was the need for a hospice.

If you are inspired by our story and feel that you can help us with fundraising activities, please contact us. You might even like to find out more about becoming a trustee and taking on some of the fascinating work of developing the charity and moving it forward from a ‘Vision to a Reality’



We have the support and encouragement of 10 Patrons namely:-

Peter Aldous MP, Stephen Bumfrey, Henry G Cator OBE DL, Dr Therese Coffey MP, The Lady Dannatt MBE, Lord Deben, Clare, Countess of Euston, Lady Freud, Susan, Lady Gooch, Helen McDermott



ECH Trustees provide between them a wealth of experience in the healthcare setting, along with strong financial and charity management skills.
They are completely committed to building an independent Hospice for the people of Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

  • Bridget Lowe

    Vice Chairman

  • Mary Pretswell


  • John Price


Our Vision

Our vision is a society where those with terminal illness have free local access to hospice services, beds and 24/7 specialist palliative care advice so they can live well for whatever time they have left.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build an independent local hospice and provide specialist palliative care inpatient and day care services for the people of Great Yarmouth & Waveney, giving dignity, care, love, peace and support to those at the end of life and their families.