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History

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice was founded by our current Chairman of Trustees, Professor Jack Scarisbrick in 1995. He identified that a large number of families, with children suffering from life limiting or life threatening conditions, were desperately in need of specialist facilities where their children could receive respite or palliative care. Even more crucially, it was recognised that families most needed this facility during the early years of their child’s life.

Consequently the idea of a Baby Hospice was born and fittingly the name Zoë’s Place was chosen since Zoë is the Greek word meaning ‘Gift of Life’. After much hard work developing the idea, raising the necessary funds and finding suitable premises, Zoë’s Place became a reality in February 1995 and the first Hospice was opened in Liverpool. Its opening signified the beginning of a unique and much needed service – the respite and palliative terminal care of babies from ages 0-5 with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

In 2004 a second Zoë’s Place was opened in Middlesbrough and in 2011 the third opened in Coventry.

Since then, fundraising has continued to provide nurses and specialist equipment for the benefit of our babies and their families.

Each year, the financial requirements of the Hospice increase and we currently need to raise approximately £1,400,000 per annum. We are extremely thankful to everyone who has already shown support of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice and hope that you are able to continue your support as we move forward, endeavouring to improve our facilities and help even more families.