At a local Rotary club get-together in 1981 the idea of a hospice was born and an appeal set up in the name of The Five Towns Plus Hospice Fund.  

To help pay building costs members of the community bought bricks for 25p each and support groups were set up across the district to fundraise for the appeal. News of the fundraising reached His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales who boosted the  appeal by visiting one of the support groups in 1986.

A further boost came in 1987 when Wakefield Council donated the plot on Halfpenny Lane and finally, in November 1989, The Five Towns Plus Hospice opened one day a week. A year later the Hospice started opening three days a week and was able to admit patients for 24-hour care in a newly-furnished bedded area.

Shortly after, Her Majesty The Queen gave permission for the Hospice to use its current name, The Prince of Wales Hospice.               

The Prince of Wales visiting the Hospice in 1986
Castleford support group in 1981


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