Skanda Vale Hospice, offer highly individualised care to families affected by life-limiting illnesses, completely free of charge.
PEOPLE POWERED, pioneering a new model of palliative care using clinical volunteers.
We are an independent hospice founded in 1993 by monks and nuns from Skanda Vale multi-faith monastery. One unique feature of our hospice is that we have very few paid staff – our team is made up, almost entirely, of highly skilled volunteers.
Our mission is to provide an inspirational standard of palliative care that enables our patients, their loved ones and our wider community to encounter the essence of life more vividly, through a deeper acceptance of our shared mortality.
In 1987 Skanda Vale’s founder, Guru Sri Subramanium, had a serious heart attack. As he was recovering in hospital, he became acutely aware of the loneliness and fear of some of his fellow patients.
There was an elderly man in the last few days of his life in the bed next to Guru, with no friends or family to comfort him. The hospital staff attended to his medical needs, but the pressure of time meant they couldn’t give him the companionship, reassurance and love that he really needed. He died alone, on a busy ward.
Guru was profoundly affected by his death; he couldn’t bear the thought that anyone could die in such a pitiful state. This single event was the inspiration to start Skanda Vale Hospice.