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.
Joint meeting of Leicester Council of Churches and Leicester Free Church Women’s Council, to secure better care for the terminally ill.
Hospice Project Group starts.
LOROS becomes a registered charity.
Inaugural public meeting at Leicester Town Hall.
Groby Road site is chosen for the Hospice at the back of the Hospital.
LOROS's first office opens at 18 Friar Lane and Mrs Anne Kind is appointed as the first employee.
Leicester Area Health Authority confirms financial support for the proposed Continuing Care Unit (LOROS Hospice).
Fundraising appeal is launched at the University of Leicester.
Manor Croft, a Victorian house at 147 Ratcliffe Road, Leicester, is bought for conversion to a day centre.
The President, Lady Palmer, cuts the first turf at Groby Road site at the start of work on the Groby Road Hospice Building.
Manor Croft Day Centre receives its first patients.
First client is referred to the counselling service, based at Manor Croft.
Voluntary Services team is created.
First patient is admitted to the Hospice (registered for 12 beds only).
Counselling service moves to the Hospice.
Hospice is licensed for 25 beds.
The target to raise £1.5 million in five years is achieved.
HRH The Prince and Princess of Wales officially open the Hospice.
Manor Croft Extension is completed.
First LOROS shop opens in Loughborough.
Community Nurse Specialist team established (formerly known as Home Care).
The Duchess of Kent officially opens the Manor Croft extension.
Lymphoedema service commences.
LOROS Lottery is launched.
First Light up a Life service is held at the Hospice.
Keith Vaz, MP, officially opens the new Relatives’ Suite.
Jennifer, Lady Gretton is appointed as LOROS President.
The Duchess of Gloucester officially opens another Hospice extension.
Education team is established.
Five new single patient rooms are opened on the ‘back corridor’, now 31 beds.
Launched a £2 million Capital Appeal to fund an extension to the Inpatient Unit.
Commenced the appointment of LOROS Patrons and Ambassadors.
The Duchess of Gloucester officially opens the new Willow Wing extension to the Ward.
Founders event held to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hospice opening.
The Community Nurse Specialist team moved into the new clinical support hospice extension.
Official launch of the CPEP research and education collaboration with De Montfort University at the House of Commons.
Official opening of the award-winning Garden of Light & Reflection
Manor Croft Day Therapy Unit closes.
New Day Therapy service launched at the Hospice.
Manor Croft property sold.