Pioneer Programme

Dorothy House Pioneers play a key role in the future of palliative and end of life care in our community and beyond. By pledging to donate £1,000 per year for three years, Pioneers drive innovation and development across fundamental areas of our work, making meaningful progress a reality.

Funding vital, emerging and ground-breaking work

Our Pioneer Programme gives donors the chance to gain a closer insight into how we are developing our services for patients and their families; and into the significant contribution we are making to improving palliative and end of life care for all.

Crucially, this programme also puts you in the driving seat. You can choose which aspect of our work you’d like to help fund, based on what you feel most passionate about, or most interested in.

The five key areas of our Pioneer Programme:

Advancing Care at Home

Help us grow and enhance nursing and therapeutic care for patients in their own home.

Bringing Down Barriers

Be part of our drive to make sure no-one faces death alone, irrespective of background, illness, race, sexuality or disability.

Innovating Inpatient Care

Support our ever-evolving need for equipment, facilities, and expertise at Winsley.

Emotional Support for All

Help more patients, families and local residents cope with the emotional onslaught of death, dying and bereavement.

Research and Education

Propel knowledge, understanding and evidence-based practice in palliative and end of life care across our whole region. View our Centre for Education & Research here.

Feel strongly about all five areas?

If you feel strongly about all of these areas and don’t want to choose and area to support, simply ask us to use your generous donation across all these aspects of our work – the difference you’ll make will be just as powerful.

What difference will I make?

Your Pioneer pledge gives Dorothy House the means, security, and stability to keep pushing onwards and upwards.

It is an investment in the provision of palliative and end of life care in your community. There is no denying that the need for such care is growing at a rapid rate, and it is vital that we continue to push the boundaries to ensure we can continue to support people in the most meaningful, effective and sustainable ways.

Our care

How will you keep me informed of progress?

Three times a year we will send all Pioneers a report, which outlines key progress in all areas of our Pioneer Programme. We will also provide opportunities to visit the Hospice, meet key staff involved in some of this work, and attend various events.

If you choose to fund one specific area, at the end of your three-year commitment we will send you a full report outlining the impact of your support over this time. We always welcome the chance to show our supporters the difference they are making, and invite you to delve deeper and ask questions about our progress at any time.


What have Pioneers achieved previously?

Since its launch in 2020, over 50 people have become Pioneers.  Our existing Pioneers were the ones who kicked off this whole Programme, and provided its foundational success. For that, and for so much more, we are so grateful.

In Autumn 2023, the format of our Pioneer Programme was altered slightly to offer greater choice and control to our supporters. This resulted in the revised Programme you see here today, which better reflects the breadth and depth of our pioneering work.

Find out what areas their support has focused on below.

How do I sign up?

Thank you so much for your interest in becoming a Pioneer. We’d love to have you on board. If you have any questions or you’d like to talk to someone about signing up to the Programme, please call Don Kennedy on 01225 721 480.

Alternatively, please simply complete the form below. This will take you through the steps required to set up a direct debit specifically for the Pioneer Programme, with donations being sent to us either on a monthly or annual basis. When we receive your form, we will be in touch to welcome you to the Programme.

Sign up!

Find out more

If you have any further questions you would like to ask, please do not hesitate to contact Don Kennedy – Head of Fundraising


Phone: 01225 721 480