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 and complementary therapies for the people of Great Yarmouth & Waveney.

Currently we have 7.54 acres of land on the Gorleston/Hopton border in Norfolk, UK. We have architectural plans, have met with planning conditions and are beginning the pre-tendering process. We can not build Margaret Chadd House without your help.

And this is how it all began…

The Charity began life in January 2007 when a group of like-minded local people came together as the founding trustees, determined to provide inpatient and day-care specialist palliative care facilities for terminally ill people in the Yarmouth and Waveney area where there has never been a hospice, and where there were no other plans to provide one.

East Coast Hospice (ECH) was registered as a charity (No. 1129631) and incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 06792702) in January 2009. We are local people passionate to improve palliative care in our community.

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.

Currently we own 7.54 acres of land in a rural and peaceful location between Gorleston and Hopton. We have full planning permission for our hospice which has been designed by Henry Kelf, an award-winning local architect.

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

Our hospice 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.

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.


We have the support and encouragement of 11 patrons namely:
Peter Aldous MP, Stephen Bumfrey, 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.

  • Jennifer Beesley


  • Mary Pretswell


  • John Price


  • Bridget Lowe

    Vice Chairman

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.