In 1979 the Bishop of Coventry set up a committee to discuss the possibility of opening a hospice for people in need of special care in the Warwickshire and Coventry areas. An appeal for money was launched. Funding came from many sources, as it does now, including Rotarians, Lions, Round Tables, and various other charitable organisations and many individuals.
Myton Hamlet, then a disused children’s home, was purchased from Warwickshire County Council. Architects and builders came in to convert the building into a hospice. An act of faith was required to buy the place, and carry out the alterations, without all of the money required to cover the costs, but by the time the hospice was ready to open enough money had been raised to pay for everything!
The Duchess of Kent formally opened the Hospice and planted a tree, in September 1982. The Day Hospice in Warwick opened two years later. In 1998 our purpose built in-patient unit was opened, and was followed by a new day hospice a year later.
In 2002 the people of Rugby raised £1million to build the Rugby Myton Day Hospice which provides day care to the people of Rugby and the surrounding area. The final link in the Myton chain is the Coventry Myton Hospice, with an in-patient unit and a day hospice, which opened in 2009 after a £7million fundraising appeal.