Couples sought for St Barnabas hospice's 40th anniversary

  • 9 February 2013
  • From the section Sussex
St Barnabas House in Worthing
Image caption St Barnabas House hospice has cared for more than 30,000 people since it opened 40 years ago

Couples celebrating 40 years of marriage this year are being asked to help a hospice in West Sussex to commemorate its own ruby anniversary.

St Barnabas House, in Worthing, is hosting anniversary-themed events to celebrate four decades of helping people with life-limiting illnesses.

Neil Francis, community fundraising officer, said 16 couples had so far been in touch, but more were needed.

He said they would be invited to a fundraising party later in the year.

The hospice is hoping that 40 couples celebrating their ruby anniversary will attend the event, which is being organised by the Rotary Club of Worthing.

'Celebrate with us'

Mr Francis said he hoped they would have links to the St Barnabas area.

"The 40th anniversary is a fantastic vehicle to encourage people in our community to celebrate with us," he added.

The event will also be open to businesses, clubs or schools which opened in 1973.

St Barnabas opened its doors in the January of that year after a campaign led by local anaesthetist Dr Francis Gusterson.

In 1968, he launched an appeal to fund the building of a home designed for people with terminal illnesses.

Since then St Barnabas has cared for more than 30,000 people.

It costs more than £5m a year to run the hospice, with most of the money raised through voluntary donations in the Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield areas.

Mr Francis said other events planned to mark the anniversary included a quiz night with 40 questions, and a '70s-themed disco.

"We'll attach the 40th anniversary to all the fundraising events we normally run throughout the year," he said.

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