3 nurses at the hospice

What we do

We're a local charity that aims to provide expert hospice care for people in Worthing and the surrounding areas.

About us

We care passionately about the difference we can make, and always place patients at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is to provide dignity, comfort and choice for adults who need our specialised, supportive care.

Our care services

We support thousands of people in the local area, both at the hospice, in our 20 bed in-patient unit, as well as in individuals’ homes. Our Hospice at Home team provide hands-on care for people at end of life in their homes, and our Community nurses (Community Palliative Care team) provide specialist advice. We also have a Living Well service, offering patients ongoing support virtually, and in small groups at the hospice. Find out about our care.

We’re proud to have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

Stories from our patients

It’s totally different to what I thought it would be. As soon as I walked through the door, I could feel the happiness. There was such a lovely atmosphere.

Don Pearman, 90

Read Don's story

Our history

  • 1968: An appeal to raise £100,000 (over £1.5 million today) was officially launched to help fund a hospital for terminally ill cancer patients. It was named the St Barnabas’ Appeal after the Saint of Consolation, who sold all his lands to give money to the church when they were in great need.
  • 1973: We’re one of the first three hospices providing end-of-life care to be built in Britain.
  • 1983: We set up our education programme, which is still active today. In the same year we also introduced voluntary roles to help run the hospice.
  • 1985: Princess Diana opened our new full day care facility.
  • 1989: Our first charity shop opens in Worthing.
  • 2005: Our care services are expanded to patients with any type of life limiting illnesses, not just cancer.
  • 2011: We move into our new home in Titnore Lane.
  • Now: We continue to go from strength to strength. Last year we cared for 1,965 patients in the hospice. We made 10,933 patient visits at home and provided 3,200 therapy sessions.

Our Blog

Everything you want to know about what we do, and how we support people with life-limiting illnesses. All blogs written by expert hospice staff, patients and family members - on a range of topics we're passionate about and think you'll find interesting.