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You Matter

"You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die."

Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the Hospice movement


Cranford Hospice started in Hawkes Bay in 1982 with a handful of volunteers. Today, we have around 60 paid staff, 350 volunteers and every year we care for 600 patients and their families.

Our goal is to help people make the most of their time left on their final journey, to help them live every moment whether they are at home, in a rest home or come for a short stay with us in our eight-bed inpatient facility.

Cranford's care covers practical help, as well as emotional, spiritual, physical support.

Our highly-skilled and dedicated team includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists and family support staff and we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk through any concerns, offer advice or help manage symptoms.

Our services are free regardless of age, ethnicity, means or religion.

We are a registered charity and operate as part of Presbyterian Support East Coast. The Hawkes Bay District Health Board funds around 60 per cent of our running costs with the remaining deficit coming mainly from the generous donations from our community.


Our vision:

To lead palliative care in the Hawke's Bay District Health Board region.

Our mission:

With respect, partnership and aroha, we will enable those with a life-limiting illness to live every moment whilst dying, and will support their family and whanau during the time and in bereavement.

Our values:

Service with Excellence, Commitment, Integrity, Respect, Stewardship.

Did you know:

  • Every year we care for around 600 patients and their families, from Wairoa in the north to Takapau in the south – and the Chatham Islands
  • Our services include: inpatient, day care and out patient care; spiritual and cultural support grief and bereavement support; music therapy
  • Volunteers are an integral part of our team &ndash from helping in our inpatient unit and kitchen and laundry, to working in our hospice shops and patient biography team
  • We have a family flat at the hospice, with a lounge area, bathroom and kitchen facilities, available for extended family to stay in while their loved one is in care