Our story so far
Skanda Vale Hospice is a service project run by the monks and nuns of Skanda Vale Monastery. The monastic community came to Wales in 1973 and, over the years, have established three temples; built to celebrate the fundamental unity of the world's major religions. Every year the monastery attracts a diverse international congregation of over 90,000 pilgrims.
June 28, 1987
The inspiration1987: Our hospice story began when the founder of Skanda Vale multi-faith monastery had a serious heart attack. As he was recovering in hospital, he witnessed the fear and loneliness of the terminally ill patients on his ward.
The hospital staff gave great clinical care, but did not have enough time to give patients the one-to-one care and attention that they also needed. He felt inspired to do whatever he could to provide hope, comfort and dignity to people at the end of their lives.
May 3, 1988
Fundraising begins1988: We began fundraising to start a hospice.
Our vision was (and still is) to build an inpatient hospice, offering a full range of palliative care services under one roof. We realised this was a going to be a long-term project, so we began looking at developing a simple home care service to start things moving.
August 21, 1993
Our home care service1993: We launched our home care service. We offered 24-hour care, enabling people to die peacefully in their own homes. In the 10 years that the service ran we cared for nearly 300 end of life patients and gave over 21,000 hours of care and support to families in our local Welsh community.
"You looked after my late wife with outstanding care and professionalism. Without your services my life would have been intolerable... she loved the time she spent with you. I will always be extremely grateful." - Gerald Griffin
April 5, 2003
Respite day care hospice opens2003: We bought a property near Llandysul. This would be the new home for Skanda Vale Hospice.
The new hospice was designed to be homely; we used bright colours, comfy furniture and artwork to welcome people. The location (on the border of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion) is perfect to serve a rural community who would otherwise have to travel long distances to get the care they need.
August 30, 2011
A new six bedroom inpatient hospice2011: We began developing our plans to build a new inpatient unit at the hospice.
The new inpatient unit was designed in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board and other hospices to fill the care gaps in our region. We were awarded planning permission in September 2013 and in April 2014, we won a £500k grant from the Big Lottery Fund, towards the building costs.
February 28, 2016
The new inpatient unit2016: Our new inpatient unit is now complete!
It's been a real labour of love, getting the details right on a project of this scale, but people's reactions to the completed hospice give us every confidence that this will be a valuable, and maybe even inspirational new addition to our region's palliative care services.