On Tuesday 30th of January, The Hospital of God celebrated our 745th birthday with a full day of celebrations.
The Hospital of God was founded in 1273 by the Bishop of Durham to work with poor and elderly people in the ancient diocese, and is still proud to work with this ethos today though the remit is a little wider reaching! These days the Hospital of God has grown into much larger organisation that support people living with dementia and their families, and people facing social isolation, in and around Hartlepool and County Durham.
We are celebrating our birthday with an annual Founder’s Day event that commemorates the work of the charity, and gets a wide range of people together who have both worked for the charity or have benefitted from support in some way. The celebrations started on the morning, with a service led by Reverend Michael Unwin and our preacher, The Venerable Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne in the chapel on the Hospital of God Estate at Greatham. Guests were then invited to a lunch held at Stichell House, a state of the art residential home owned by the charity, where they could find out more about the work of the Hospital of God as well as meet other people who have a connection with the charity.
This years Founders Day is extra special, as we are celebrating giving over £1 million away in grants to North East based charities, and representatives from some of these organisations have attended to show their support. .
Whilst this years Founders Day has been full of celebrations, there is also a little sadness as David Granath, the current director of the charity is retiring. He said:
“This is a great day for the Hospital of God as we celebrated our 745th birthday. We maintain the values of the charity; compassion and respect for all those that use our services. We really are Here for everyone.”