Yes. Day care will continue as normal at the hospice in Stathern. Guests’ care will not be affected by the planned merger with LOROS, and they will continue to come on their designated day each week.
All of Dove’s support services will also continue – these are our online Dementia Support Groups and home sitting, family support and bereavement support.
Dove and LOROS may choose to increase their care services as the partnership becomes established, but that won’t be for at least a year.
In Rutland, our monthly Wellbeing and Support Group will continue as usual, and we will carry on with home visits and telephone support.
LOROS’s inpatients and day care patients will also be unaffected by the merger, and all of the hospice’s outreach support, complementary therapy and counselling services will continue as normal. None of LOROS’s patients will be affected by the potential merger.

No. Dove Cottage has been financially stable in all of its 25-year history, and that remains true as of 2022. Both Dove and LOROS’s accounts are public on the Charity Commission website. Dove Cottage is not in financial trouble.

Dove and LOROS have chosen to merge because of Chris Gatfield’s retirement in March 2023. Chris Gatfield is Dove’s founder and current registered manager. The most important thing in Chris’s departure is to secure Dove Cottage’s future for those who rely on its care services. Combining the resources of both hospices is believed to be the best way to do that. LOROS is a well-established, highly-respected and financially-secure organisation which shares common charitable objectives with Dove Cottage, and both provide a high level of care to those who are terminally ill - they are therefore perfect partners.

Yes. Each charity still has separate bank accounts, and money will be ring fenced for Dove Cottage or LOROS going forward.

The proposed merger does not affect any current plans for the charity shops and tea rooms.

Yes. All staff at both hospices will be protected if the merger goes through. All services at the hospices will remain the same and so we will still need our volunteers, in the same roles, as before. The charity shops and tea rooms will also remain the same and so nothing changes for the volunteers at the shops and tea rooms.

Dove Cottage Day Hospice: Chris Gatfield, registered manager. Tel: 01949 860303. Email: chris@dovecottage.org
LOROS Hospice: Rob Parkinson, CEO. Tel: 0116 231 3771. Email: askrob@loros.co.uk

Dove Cottage is based in Stathern in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir.

Most of our referrals are made by healthcare professionals, but anyone can contact us directly with an enquiry either by phone or via the website. If you think Dove Cottage might be able to help, please just get in touch.

No, Dove Cottage provides day services only.

Our care services are free of charge. For those unable to provide their own transport, we have a team of volunteer drivers who may be able to bring people to the hospice and take them home afterwards. This service is subject to availability and will incur a charge.

As a registered charity, we really need your help and the support of our local communities, so please do have a look at our website to find out more about ways you can help.

Our services include:
• Hospice day care
• Activities
• Bathing
• Complementary therapies
• Spiritual care
• Family support
• Dementia support
• Wheelchair loans

If you are a carer for someone living with dementia please come along to our online Dementia Support Group which meets on the second Friday of each month from 10.30 – 12.00. We also have a homesitting service for people with dementia.

If you or someone you know is living with a progressive, incurable, life-limiting illness, then please contact us by phone or via the website. You will be put in touch with one of the nurses who will be able to advise you about our services.

Hospice care, sometimes referred to as 'palliative care', is a term which refers to medical, nursing and other ways of relieving the distress of patients with progressive life limiting illnesses and of providing support for the patients' families.

Yes, please let us know of your event and we will do our best to help advertise, we are happy to put it on our website and promote it via social media.

You might find our logo useful when creating promotional materials, and we can provide you with a fundraising pack.

Unfortunately, we are unable to display posters for third party events at the hospice or in our shops due to limited window space.

Regular Giving - You can set up a monthly standing order to support our work by filling out our form and sending it to: Accounts, Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Canal Lane, Stathern, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4EX. Or for more information, please call Rachael on 01949 860303.

If you would like to make a one-off donation you can:

Use our online donation form, accessed from the homepage.

Pay by Phone
To pay your donation or sponsorship money in over the phone, please call Rachael on 01949 860303 and she’ll be happy to help.

Pay in Person
If you would like to drop money off at our hospices in person, you’re most welcome to. Our hospice reception in Stathern is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm. Please make sure you leave all the relevant details (name, contact and event details) so we can acknowledge your gift.

Pay by Post
You can post us a cheque, made payable to ‘Dove Cottage Day Hospice Ltd’ with your details and how you raised the money. Don’t forget to send your sponsor form if you’ve taken part in a sponsored event. Please don’t send cash in the post!

Our addresses are:
Fundraising, Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Canal Lane, Stathern, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4EX

If you would like any Dove Cottage promotional materials, please contact the fundraising team on 01949 860303, or please come to our main reception and we will do our best to provide you with what you need. Please phone beforehand so we can organise items for your event.

Leaving a legacy is an easy way of making sure our work continues beyond your lifetime and can take many forms. Whether you leave a share of your estate, a specific sum of money or an item of personal property, it all helps to provide the support and help that our guests need. To find our more go to our Leaving a Legacy information page.

The best way is to set-up an online fundraising page so people can donate online. We can also help by sharing your personalised page on our social media channels. We can also provide sponsorship forms if you’d like them. Then you can start asking your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you! We always love to know what our supporters are up to, so please let a member of our fundraising team know on 01949 860303 if you’re taking part in a sponsored event.

If you would like to volunteer at the hospice, please contact the volunteer coordinator on 01949 860303 who would be delighted to give you a tour of the hospice and explain how you can help.

There are many ways you can help - in the hospice kitchen, in the lounge with the guests, driving the guests to and from the hospice or in the garden. There are also lots of fundraising events you can help at throughout the year, and we also need assistance in our five charity shops and tea room.

There is an application form to fill in as well as a DBS check, which is standard for everyone who helps at the hospice.

There is an application form to fill in as well as a DBS check, which is standard for everyone who helps at the Hospice.

• If you would like to volunteer at any of our four Charity Shops or in our Tea Room please contact our Volunteer Coordinator who will send out an
application form.

Yes, this can be arranged for people with life-limiting conditions who do not wish to attend the hospice for day care. However, spaces are limited, so if you are interested please contact us and you will be put in touch with the nursing team who will be able to advise further.

Dove Cottage takes the security of personal data entrusted to its care very seriously and takes all reasonable steps to safeguard it. All information can be found in Dove Cottage’s Privacy Policy

Regular Giving - You can set up a monthly standing order to support our work by filling out our form and sending it to: Accounts, Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Canal Lane, Stathern, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4EX. Or for more information, please call Rachael on 01949 860303.

If you would like to make a one-off donation you can:

Use our online donation form, accessed from the homepage.

Pay by Phone
To pay your donation or sponsorship money in over the phone, please call Rachael on 01949 860303 and she’ll be happy to help.

Pay in Person
If you would like to drop money off at our hospices in person, you’re most welcome to. Our hospice reception in Stathern is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm. Please make sure you leave all the relevant details (name, contact and event details) so we can acknowledge your gift.

Pay by Post
You can post us a cheque, made payable to ‘Dove Cottage Day Hospice Ltd’ with your details and how you raised the money. Don’t forget to send your sponsor form if you’ve taken part in a sponsored event. Please don’t send cash in the post!

Our addresses are:
Fundraising, Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Canal Lane, Stathern, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4EX

Pay by Phone
To pay your donation or sponsorship money in over the phone, please call Rachael on 01949 860303 and she’ll be happy to help.

Pay in Person
If you would like to drop money off at our hospices in person, you’re most welcome to. Our hospice reception in Stathern is open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm, and in Ridlington our reception is open Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 4pm. Please make sure you leave all the relevant details (name, contact and event details) so we can acknowledge your gift.

Pay by Post
You can post us a cheque, made payable to ‘Dove Cottage Day Hospice Ltd’ with your details and how you raised the money. Don’t forget to send your sponsor form if you’ve taken part in a sponsored event. Please don’t send cash in the post!

Our addresses are:
Fundraising, Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Canal Lane, Stathern, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4EX
Fundraising, Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Jubilee Lodge, Brooke Road, Ridlington, Rutland, Oakham, LE15 9AJ

Dove is often my only trip out during the week. I really appreciate the social interaction and support, both from the staff and the amazing, inspiring people around me. I know that my husband also enjoys his day to himself knowing I’ll be well cared for.

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