Signpost Event: Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner
March 1 @ 6:30 pm - 11:45 pm
‘Even if a patient cannot be cured, they should be helped for free’
Upon retiring from her NHS nursing career in 1974, Monica Pearce decided to use her knowledge to ‘enable anyone with a life-limiting illness to live their life to the full’. It was this determination to provide better pain relief and care that led to her idea of founding a hospice. ‘St Mary’s Hospice’ would be the first independent hospice in the Midlands and only the seventh nationwide. She envisioned it to be for people all faiths and none, to support patients as well as loved ones, and, essentially, to provide comfort for local people nearing the end of their lives. Pearce’s ambition was finally realised on March 5th 1979 when ‘St Mary’s Hospice’ admitted its first ever patient. She worked tirelessly to raise more than £350,000, and her commitment continued unwavering throughout her life. Monica’s legacy of providing the very best end of life care continues to inspire staff and volunteers every day.
To celebrate 40 years of hospice care in Birmingham we’re inviting you to join us for an evening of dinner and entertainment to continue Monica’s legacy and support more people who are living with a life limiting illness.
Doors will open at 6.30pm where you’ll be welcomed with a drinks reception whilst you peruse our silent auction. From 7pm our CEO Tina Swani will walk you through how far we’ve come over the last 40 years, the amazing things supporters like you have achieved and what the future looks like for palliative care in Birmingham. Dinner will be served at 8pm with entertainment, raffles and games throughout before our live auction is held. We’ll finish with live comedy from brummie Queen of Fun Barbara Nice and musical entertainment before carriages at midnight.
Dress Code: Black Tie
Individuals – £79.00 (shared table of 10, welcome drink, 3 course meal and entertainment included)
Two People – £150.00 (shared table of 10 welcome drink, 3 course meal and entertainment included)
Bronze Table of 10 – £750.00 (table of 10, welcome drink, 3 course meal and entertainment included)
Silver Table of 10 – £850.00 (table of 10, welcome drink, 3 course meal, drinks package and entertainment included)
We’re hoping to raise £30,000 from this event, this money will go a long way to improving more people’s experience of living and dying with a terminal illness. Your support is at the heart of this, helping us to develop our care for current and future families – thank you.