History of LOROS

We’re a local charity, that was founded by our community in 1977 to care for local people.

We’ve been supporting and caring for patients living with a terminal illness, and their families, across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for over 30 years.

Find out more about our history, highlights and special days.

1975

December

Joint meeting of Leicester Council of Churches and Leicester Free Church Women’s Council, to secure better care for the terminally ill.

1976

January

Hospice Project Group starts.

1977

March

LOROS becomes a registered charity.

November

Inaugural public meeting at Leicester Town Hall.

1980

December

Groby Road site is chosen for the Hospice at the back of the Hospital.

1981

January

LOROS's first office opens at 18 Friar Lane and Mrs Anne Kind is appointed as the first employee.

February

Leicester Area Health Authority confirms financial support for the proposed Continuing Care Unit (LOROS Hospice).

March

Fundraising appeal is launched at the University of Leicester.

1983

September

Manor Croft, a Victorian house at 147 Ratcliffe Road, Leicester, is bought for conversion to a day centre.

1984

March

The President, Lady Palmer, cuts the first turf at Groby Road site at the start of work on the Groby Road Hospice Building.

April

Manor Croft Day Centre receives its first patients.

June

First client is referred to the counselling service, based at Manor Croft.

1985

August

Voluntary Services team is created.

September

First patient is admitted to the Hospice (registered for 12 beds only).

October

Counselling service moves to the Hospice.

1986

February

Hospice is licensed for 25 beds.

March

The target to raise £1.5 million in five years is achieved.

May

HRH The Prince and Princess of Wales officially open the Hospice.

1989

January

Manor Croft Extension is completed.

August

First LOROS shop opens in Loughborough.

1990

January

Community Nurse Specialist team established (formerly known as Home Care).

July

The Duchess of Kent officially opens the Manor Croft extension.

1995

January

Lymphoedema service commences.

1996

July

LOROS Lottery is launched.

December

First Light up a Life service is held at the Hospice.

1997

February

Keith Vaz, MP, officially opens the new Relatives’ Suite.

1999

June

Jennifer, Lady Gretton is appointed as LOROS President.

2000

May

The Duchess of Gloucester officially opens another Hospice extension.

2002

July

Education team is established.

2004

April

Five new single patient rooms are opened on the ‘back corridor’, now 31 beds.

2007

June

Launched a £2 million Capital Appeal to fund an extension to the Inpatient Unit.

2009

February

Commenced the appointment of LOROS Patrons and Ambassadors.

2010

March

The Duchess of Gloucester officially opens the new Willow Wing extension to the Ward.

September

Founders event held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hospice opening.

2012

March

The Community Nurse Specialist team moved into the new clinical support hospice extension.

March

Official launch of the CPEP research and education collaboration with De Montfort University at the House of Commons.

May

Official opening of the award-winning Garden of Light & Reflection

December

Manor Croft Day Therapy Unit closes.

2013

January

New Day Therapy service launched at the Hospice.

September

Manor Croft property sold.