Prospect Hospice has been part of the Swindon community for over 40 years, caring for local people at the end of their lives. As a charity, we rely on the generous donations of the public to help us raise the vital funds we need to ensure everyone is offered our outstanding care free of charge.
Find out about the range of end-of-life care services that we offer to patients and their families. These delivered free of charge and are designed to provide compassionate, personalised support during every stage of a life-limiting illness in every kind of care setting, to anyone who needs it.
We couldn’t do what we do without considerable support from our local community. Find out all the different ways in which you can support Prospect Hospice, including fundraising, volunteering and purchasing from our shops. All contributions are greatly appreciated and enables us to deliver care that is free of charge to our patients and their families.
Whether shopping with us in person or online, or donating your pre-loved goods, we thank you for supporting us through our shops where you help to raise around £2million a year for Prospect Hospice.
We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and we're always looking for outstanding people to join our team at the hospice across all areas of the charity.
Prospect Hospice is the leading provider of education and training for end-of-life care in Swindon and north Wiltshire. Working closely with you, our colleagues within partner organisations, we want to ensure that the very best care is available to everyone facing the end of life. This is why we provide education and development opportunities, all of which aim to encourage learning and build confidence in end of life care and support.
At Prospect Hospice, we provide excellent, personalised and compassionate care for everyone in our community who is affected by a life-limiting illness. We work in close partnership with other organisations – and specifically with local health and social care professionals – to ensure that anyone can access the best possible care whenever and wherever they need it, and we do so completely free of charge.
Prospect Hospice provides a broad range of services to thousands of patients, carers and family members every year. Our team of nurses, doctors and therapists support patients at the hospice in Wroughton, in their own homes and care homes. Carers and family members can also access a range of free support services.
Through our outreach work – talking to businesses, schools, GP surgeries and community groups – we raise awareness about life-limiting illness and end-of-life care, and encourage conversations about death and dying. We aim to break down barriers that might stop people from accessing our services.
Prospect Hospice is a charity, funded primarily by our local community. Each year it costs several million pounds to provide the care that our patients and their families depend on. Only a quarter of our funding comes from statutory organisations like the NHS – the rest we raise ourselves. If you’d like to help, please read about the many ways in which you can support us here.
Click below to read the latest CQC report which rated Prospect Hospice as Outstanding.
A community where death is no longer a taboo and everyone lives and dies well.
We will work with and through others using our skills and expertise so that people have a choice and support at the end of their life.
At Prospect Hospice, our staff have worked hard to define a set of values and behaviours that shape the way we all work, regardless of individual roles.
Catch up on our latest news and see how we spend your valued donations in our latest newsletter.
Jeremy joined the charity in May 2023 and knows the area well having lived in Swindon for over 35 years. He’s worked in the charity sector for almost two decades and is also familiar with the hospice sector thanks to his experience as a trustee for another hospice in the south west. He began his career in retail working for large companies including Sainsbury's and House of Fraser, before moving to the charity sector 18 years ago to work for CLIC Sargent, now Young Lives vs Cancer. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys live music, comedy and theatre, as well going for walks in the beautiful local countryside.
Director of finance
Finance director Elaine Baxter (FCCA) joined Prospect Hospice in November 2015. A qualified accountant for 20 years, Elaine has had a lengthy career in senior financial management roles in the commercial sector with Mothercare PLC and previously with WH Smith. Away from work, Elaine is married to husband Mark and lives in Wanborough having moved back south from Northamptonshire a few years ago. Adventurous in nature, Elaine has enjoyed travelling the world in her youth. Elaine also enjoys walking, dancing, and trips to the theatre.
Director of patient services
Director of people
Jo is also the hospice's Caldicott Guardian.
Chair of trustees
Nigel has spent most of his career working in human resources (HR), firstly in the Natural Environment Research Council in Swindon and then as HR director in the House of Lords. As well as being a trustee for Prospect Hospice, Nigel has joined the Wiltshire FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group which has continued his lifelong love of football and is also a trustee at Carer Support Wiltshire. Married to Jo with two grown-up children, in his spare time Nigel enjoys walking around the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and is also as a local football referee. "I am delighted to be a trustee at Prospect Hospice. The charity provides such compassionate and dignified care for patients and their families, which my father-in-law benefited from, and it is a real honour to be able to contribute to their fantastic work."
Trustee since 2018 Pradeep sits on our patient services and people and resources committees. Pradeep is senior strategy director and head of industry standards at Syniverse (a Carlyle Group company), providing strategic oversight on the adoption of leading-edge technologies. He is a recognised industry expert with 27 years’ experience in the mobile/telecoms industry. He is actively involved within the local community and has a passion for community service. He is also a keen table tennis division-1 player and county umpire. He shares the same vision as Prospect Hospice of putting people first and intends to help Prospect Hospice with its outreach, volunteering and fundraising activities. Pradeep’s commitment to the local community saw him achieve a Pride of Swindon award in 2018.
Kevin will sit on our finance and income generation committee and our audit and risk committee. Kevin has consultancy experience directing private and public sector organisations in solving their strategic and tactical problems.
Dr Helen Jones is an experienced consultant anaesthetist who has held senior clinical leadership roles over many years at both Great Western Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and also at regional level. The work of Prospect Hospice was well known to Helen through her roles as an associate medical director and as deputy medical director, particularly during the early waves of the Covid-19 pandemic. Helen co-chairs the patient services committee and also sits on the combined finance, income generation, audit and risk committee.
Trustee since 2018 Sarah has an extensive background as an HR professional and, with over 22 years’ experience, she has worked in a number of senior leadership roles, predominantly within the retail and energy sectors. Sarah chairs our people and resources committee sits on our nominations committee. The work of Prospect Hospice was well known to Sarah through friends and colleagues who have experienced the care and support when their loved ones required it. She has also previously taken part in some of our fundraising events. Sarah says that she was keen to get involved in becoming a trustee of Prospect Hospice as it’s a local charity providing such excellent and critical support to the community. She wanted to give her time and experience in continuing its excellent work by being involved at the core. Sarah lives locally and has two young children who are very active with their various out of school activities and keep her very busy.
Julie Marshman is a retired nurse with 35 years’ experience in acute and community sectors of the NHS. As chief nurse for Great Western Hospital, she was accountable for clinical governance and was chair of the trust’s patient quality committee. Julie has over twenty years of significant and progressive senior clinical leadership and is passionate about high quality care, especially at end of life. Julie co-chairs the patient services committee and also sits on the people and resources committee.
Sadie has an extensive background in operational management within the financial services sector. Alongside that Sadie has supported many charities over the years and has a keen desire to use her expertise and skills to give something back to the community. Prospect Hospice is a charity close to her heart having personally experienced the fantastic support and care provided during a very difficult period with the loss of a very special person.
Carys has considerable experience in the banking and financial services sector, having worked both as an employee and a self-employed consultant in the industry for over 35 years. Her experience includes leading in customer facing roles, as well as programme and project management, and she is currently managing business to business contractual relationships for financial technology services across Europe. Carys lives locally, and has two adult sons, which means regular trips to London and Aberdeen, where her sons have settled. She wants to give her time and use her experience to support Prospect Hospice in the valuable care and support that they provide across the local community.
HM The Queen Consort became our president in 2013, having visited Prospect Hospice and met with patients, volunteers and staff in the previous year. Her Majesty most recently visited the hospice in January 2020.
Sarah Rose Troughton is HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, a role she was appointed to in 2012. She is the first lady to hold the position in Wiltshire since it was created in the 16th century. Sarah first knew about Prospect Hospice when the late David Margesson, who was a key person in leading the development and building of the hospice, discussed with her the vital role the hospice would play in the lives of people in the local community. Sarah says: “I am delighted to be a Patron of Prospect Hospice and have always been most impressed by the care given to the patients and to those people close to them. I am pleased that the hospice caters for the north-east part of the county, including Swindon. Sarah is involved in a number of diverse organisations within Wiltshire, and she holds Prospect Hospice, along with the hospice movement in particular, in great esteem. Sarah lives nearby with her husband Peter, and they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Jonathan Wilkes has been a patron of Prospect Hospice since 2016, but his relationship with the charity dates back many years, having first hosted and performed at our 30th anniversary ball in 2010. ‘Jonny’ has since returned to host our ball every other year since. His inspiration in becoming a patron was the care that we provided for an aunt of his wife Nikki: “My first experience of Prospect Hospice was when their amazing nursing team cared for my wife Nikki’s late aunt,” he says. “I felt there and then that this was a charity I had to do something to say thank you to, and it’s been my pleasure to have been able to do that. It’s an honour for me to have been asked to become a patron and I look forward to working with the fundraising team to encourage people to support their local hospice.”
Organic farmer and entrepreneur Helen Browning OBE accepted our invitation to become a patron following a visit to the hospice where she met and chatted with key staff and was given an overview of the services that Prospect Hospice provides for thousands of patients and family members each year. Ms Browning, who lives locally and is also the chief executive of the Soil Association, says: “I know from its reputation of the very important part it plays in my local community in providing unparalleled end-of-life care services, so it is an honour for me to be given the opportunity to represent Prospect Hospice as a patron.”
Prospect Hospice is a working name of Prospect Hospice Limited. Registered Office: Moormead Road, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9BY. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (1494909) and a charity registered in England and Wales (280093)Website designed & built by Boson Web