History

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice has a long history in Oldham dating back to over 100 years ago when Dr John Kershaw, a local GP dreamt of creating a hospital for the people of Royton. The hospital opened its doors in 1931 and after 50 years, Medical Director, Mr Naru Hira launched an appeal to create a hospice in Oldham. With generous community donations along with Dr Kershaw’s legacy, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice officially opened its doors in 1989.

Since then, the Hospice has been providing free, specialist palliative and end-of-life care for adults with life-limiting illnesses in Oldham and its surrounding areas in a peaceful and homely environment. As an independent Hospice and a registered charity, we receive around £1.13m partial funding each year. However, the majority of our £3.6m annual budget is supported by fundraising, donations, legacies, our Hospice shops and our Hospice lottery, for which we are grateful that so many of you support.