Our very simple wish is to care for even more local people over the next 25 years. This includes looking after those who are living with incredibly difficult life-limiting illnesses as we always have, as well as reaching out to other vulnerable groups within our community who desperately need a lifeline.

Dove can be that lifeline.

We will be looking at extending our services and providing new ones that our community needs:


Dementia is the broad term for a number of conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, which is currently the leading cause of death in the UK.

It causes myriad health problems, and can have a devastating effect on the day-to-day lives of people who are diagnosed with dementia, as well as those who struggle to care for their loved ones.

There is help out there, and Dove Cottage has a monthly support group and home-sitting service. But we want, and need, to do more, because it’s understood that dementia will continue to affect more and more people in the UK every day.

If possible, we’d like to open the hospice on a dedicated day each week to care for those with dementia. This is what people are telling us they want, particularly carers who would like a little break.

To help more people, we’d need to make big changes to the hospice to enhance security. We’d also require more nurses to provide a higher health care staff to guest ratio. There would be many things we’d need to do to provide this specialised service and we’d need to ensure the right resources are in place to do so.

But that’s part of our vision – to help more people with dementia over the next 25 years.

Frailty and loneliness

Lots of people all around us struggle with frailty, loneliness and general health problems – it could be your parents, granny or next-door neighbour…

We want to help those people by offering companionship, a safe environment and fun – a place at our day care, a home visit or an ad hoc service such as bathing or a complementary therapy.

We’d also like to introduce different therapy or interest groups, may be themed around the arts, music or whatever we discover the local community needs us to provide.

Help can come in many different packages, and that’s want we want to explore and develop, to reach many, many more people within our communities.

Bereavement and mental health

Dove offers bereavement counselling and we link in with other organisations to provide support to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Could we help more? Bereavement is unfortunately something that will affect us all at some point in our lives, and talking can help a lot.

It’s also said that 1 in 4 people will struggle with some sort of mental health problem, like anxiety or depression, each year. We’d like to help these people by offering a listening ear and a place to go.

We have many other plans – our dreams stretch far and wide. Most importantly, we want to be here for the next 25 years to enrich the lives of as many people as possible, people in our local community who really need us.

Of course, all of this needs money and it’s imperative that we ensure our financial sustainability in order to provide these vital services, as well as making sure our guests, supporters, staff and volunteers are appreciated and well cared for at all times.  We only receive 10% statutory funding, the rest we must find ourselves. 

So, we really need to be on our A game to raise the funds that we need to fulfil our vision and take us into the next 25 years. Can you help us achieve our vision by taking on a Challenge 25?! Read more information here.

I believe fewer visits are made to the doctors as we can get help/advice from Dove’s nurses.