How we started

‘There ought to be a place like St. Christopher’s Hospice here in Gwent’.  Comment by student nurses, Symposium on the Care of Dying Patients, 1977

In 1979, Heulwen Egerton MBE, a nurse tutor at Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital set up the ‘Gwent Hospice Project Group.’ The group was made up of like-minded individuals who were concerned at the lack of palliative care available to the people of Gwent.

From our first year of operation, when St David’s cared for six patients, St David’s has grown to become the UK’s largest provider of hospice at home care, caring for over 3,200 patients and families every year, at a cost of over £7.5 million.