Katharine House provides specialist palliative care for adults with life-limiting conditions across North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire.

As well as providing end of life care, we also offer support for symptom management and pain relief. But our care is not just about managing the physical symptoms of disease. We know that people need emotional and spiritual support too, so our professionals can help here. And we can help people to access the practical support they need too.

"Thank you seems so inadequate after all you have done. From the moment she arrived she felt secure and what a privilege to spend her final time there. The gardens, care and kindness were what she needed. We all felt comfortable being at the hospice and your care extended to us all."

Our care is offered throughout the local community. While many of our patients come in to the hospice, we care for many more in their own homes, care homes or in the hospital. We care for their families and carers too. In 2018/19, we were able to support our patients in the following places.


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“In the last two days of his life and when his death was approaching fast, we were moved into a private room, including amazing views and room for the whole family. We had privacy but never felt alone day or night.” 

Vision, mission and values

Why we exist 

We exist because every individual’s journey matters.

Our aim

If you are diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, you will be given every opportunity to live fully with your illness. You will be cared for sensitively through to death, and your friends, families and carers will be helped to continue with life after loss.

"Katharine House Hospice made the most unbearable thing to happen in our lives a peaceful, sometimes happy, but above all, bearable experience. I cannot fault any of the care and support that my beautiful wife received. We are forever grateful for your kindness.”

Our role

We offer individualised care to those facing life limiting illnesses. We support people when they need it, where they need it and how they need it. We work in partnership and help educate other professionals so that they can deliver great care too.

Our values

When you become a part of the Katharine House community we want you to be:

Fulfilled: life is for living, right up until the last moment, and here you’ll be able to do that alongside people who recognise what you’re going through and accept you as you are. Our individualised approach to care gives you the freedom and opportunity to continue a full and vibrant life and our warm and friendly team will help you to access a range of support. 

Respected: every person’s situation is unique, so we’ll always treat you and your family that way. We’ll work with you to identify the type of care you would find most helpful, as well as the different places and times you would most appreciate support. We’ll listen to you and respect your choices, while always making sure that you’re well informed and can feel confident about the help you’re receiving.

Reassured: you’ll always be cared for by competent, knowledgeable and sensitive people, who fully recognise your situation and will respect your privacy. We have strong partnerships with a variety of both local and national healthcare providers, making sure that we can offer high-quality and holistic care, and we’re continually investing in our staff so that we can stay on top of new developments that could improve the support we offer you.

Make every moment matter appeal

Katharine House Hospice - Make Every Moment Matter

All of our services are free of charge to our patients, but it costs around £4.8 million each year to provide these services, and we only receive about a quarter of this from the government. Everything else – more than £3 million – comes from people in the community, as well as local business and trusts and foundations.

Your cake sales, coffee mornings and parachute jumps help us provide medicine and freshly cooked meals to our patients.

Your Midnight Walking and Santa Fun Running raise vital funds, which mean:

  • patients can stay in our Inpatient Ward and take part in art and crafts classes and massage therapy through our Living Well programme,
  • one of our community nurses can visit them at home,
  • and our bereavement support workers can help their family come to terms with the situation they are facing.

Support from local businesses, and your donations in memory of friends and family mean we can continue to make a real difference to other families in our community.

Reduced government funding

Yet government funding is shrinking for hospice care and this year Katharine House faces a £500,000 funding shortfall. This is why we launched our Making Every Moment Matter appeal in November 2019.

Whether you’re an individual selling cakes or a business donating thousands, your help is invaluable in helping us to look after the people who need us:

£40 could give a patient an hour of music therapy

£175 could fund a hospice nurse for a day

£700 could pay for patient oxygen for one month

£2,200 could fund our bereavement service for two months, helping adults and children come to terms with losing someone special

£5,000 could keep the inpatient ward open for one day, providing up to 10 people with round-the-clock specialist care through their life-limiting illness

£10,000 could keep the whole hospice open for one day.

"Our family will never forget what the hospice did for our dad and how you ‘gave him back to us’ for the end of his life. We had lost him the 2 weeks before his admission and we were at the point of feeling lost and as if we were failing him at home. You took that physical burden and you gave us the strength to face the end as a family. You gave back a proud man with integrity, his dignity that had been cruelly stolen by his disease. You gave our family hope, friendship and a feeling of never ending gratitude and some memories we may never have had without you.”