Hospice Marlborough has provided care services to the people of Marlborough since 2003. In the 2000’s a group of community leaders had a vision that end of life, palliative care services could be improved as these were being provided by the medical ward in Wairau Hospital and district nurses in the community, and community needs were growing.
The vision was backed by the Hospital Board, the Marlborough District Council and all local service groups. The generous Marlborough Community contributed sufficient funds as well as goods, construction materials and labour in-kind.
The Hospice building was opened in 2003. The Salvation Army stepped forward to provide the governance and management of the services provided by qualified clinical services employees. The Marlborough Hospice Trust role was to represent the community and to raise funds to support the service.
In early 2020, The Salvation Army gave notice to exit their role in managing the service. Then, Nelson Marlborough Health awarded the contract directly to the Marlborough Hospice Trust, who now manage the service and continue to raise funds from the community.
The Marlborough Hospice Trust continue to receive contract funding from Nelson Marlborough Health with other funding raised from the community through grant donations, events, bequests, donations and Hospice Shop sales.