Thames Hospice would like to pay tribute to Dr Douglas Denny, one of the founding members of our Hospice and pillar of the community, who died in May 2018.
Thames Valley Hospice was built with the determination of a dedicated group of people, led by Dr Douglas Denny and his wife Pauline. The group recognised the need for a home from home for patients with life-limiting illnesses, where the very best palliative care could be provided, and fought for their vision to become a reality.
Thames Valley Hospice was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November 1987 and since then has seen many developments, including a merger with the Paul Bevan Cancer Foundation in 2005 and multiple vital service additions. Dr Denny stepped down as chairman of trustees in 1995.
His legacy is the Thames Hospice we see today, and this will continue in the plans for our new Hospice, by Bray Lake. Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chief Executive, said: "He was an inspirational man and there is no doubt that without him, Thames Hospice would not be here today. We in the community have a lot to thank him for."