City Hospice was formed in 1983 when local businessman, banker and philanthropist Sir Julian Hodge and his sister Tessa invited the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (a Catholic order of nuns) to start a hospice for the community of Cardiff and donated a house for this purpose. The first patient was referred to the Sisters in 1983 and by 1984 City Hospice was established as an independent charity. Originally named George Thomas Hospice Care in honour of George Thomas, a retired Speaker of the House of Commons and highly regarded public figure.

New centre opened

In 2005 after a major fundraising appeal, the award winning purpose built hospice centre, Ty Hosbis, was opened in the grounds of Whitchurch Hospital. Officially opened by HRH, the Prince of Wales, the centre provides excellent facilities capable of meeting the changing needs of patients and families in Cardiff for many years to come.

Cardiff's local hospice

In 2008, City Hospice became, and remains today, the major provider of Cardiff’s specialist palliative care.  We are proud to call ourselves Cardiff’s local hospice.

A new name in palliative care

In August 2017 George Thomas Hospice Care became City Hospice. The new name is appealing, easily recognisable and easy to remember. Over time it will attract great support and affection across the City, allowing the Hospice to engage better with new supporters. For information, read the full statement on our name change.