Doves help celebrate 30 years for Hospice

Paul Hinson releases a dove over Willen Lake
Paul Hinson releases a dove over Willen Lake

ONE of the city’s favourite charities celebrated its 30th anniversary on New Year’s Day.

Staff and nurses from Willen Hospice joined chief executive Paul Hinson in a special ceremony which saw 30 white doves released over Willen Lake – one for each year of service to the community.

The Hospice shares it’s anniversary year with Milton Keynes Citizen, which also turns 30 in 2011,.

This newspaper was first published on October 1, 1981 and as part of our anniversary celebrations we will be backing Willen Hospice as our charity of the year.

On January 1, Mr Hinson made a speech to staff, nurses, volunteers and trustees to commemorate the Hospice’s past 30 years and look forward to the next 30.

He said: “Our 30th anniversary is a pertinent time to reflect on the kindness we have received, that has enabled us to remain an essential service to the people of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

“Our vision is to be the lasting and thriving provider of free care to all people affected by life limiting illness in our community.

“We have used this milestone to develop a modernised logo, strapline and vision for the future as well as our ‘Yes’ campaign that we hope will get everyone involved in our forward thinking charity to ensure we can continue to deliver our care.”

The Hospice has planned a host of additional fundraising events and activities as part of the celebrations.

In keeping with the theme, staff created ’30 ways’ – a list of different and unusual ways to help raise money for the Hospice.

It can be viewed on

Other activities planned include a charity abseil, the May Ball, Shop Celebration Days, a special lottery draw to win a car and open days at the Hospice – an opportunity for the public to see the care and services provided.

In addition, a ‘wishing well’ will be placed in Midsummer Place Shopping Centre and linked with AskMK.TV to post 30 second clips of what Willen Hospice means to people, while a specially designed t-shirt will be made by a city artist.

Mr Hinson added: “This is a very special year for Willen Hospice and one that we want to celebrate in as many ways possible”

More information about the Hospice’s 30th anniversary will be released throughout the year and on the Hospice’s website.

For all the latest on Milton Keynes Citizen’s 30th anniversary celebrations make sure you read this Thursday’s Citizen and keep up online at