Our existence came about as a result of a real desire to see people facing life limiting illnesses getting more dedicated support than they were able to get in a hospital environment.

Dame Cicely Saunders founded the Hospice movement in the 1960's and she said these words "you matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life".

In 1985 the need for palliative care services in North Hertfordshire and Stevenage was identified. Permission was granted to convert the old Letchworth cottage hospital in to a hospice for North Hertfordshire. Garden House Hospice Care first opened its doors in 1990 with 6 beds. Our Hawthorne Centre opened in 2007. Since then the Hospice has continued to develop services to meet the needs of those facing life limiting illness and their families.


  • 1985 North Herts Hospice Care Group, following a meeting in Hitchin
  • 1986 The North Herts Hospice Care Association was established to provide Hospice Care for North Hertfordshire Health District
  • 1988 Appeal for funds launched, raising ultimately c £1m
  • 1989 Building work at the current site commenced, formally Letchworth Cottage Hospital 
  • 1990 Hospice opening to patients 
  • 2006 Extensions to the accommodation (costing c £4m) provided the Day Hospice, an education centre, improved patient facilities, additional office support areas and other accommodation, work completed 2007
  • 2015 Celebrated 25 years of providing vital hospice care to North Hertfordshire, Stevenage, Royston and surrounding villages
  • 2016 Garden House Hospice Care continues to work with the community to raise awareness, to develop our great services providing safe and effective specialist palliative care to those people facing a life limiting illness from across our community.