Roy Castle

The Peace Hospice Portacabin

By 1993, the Hospice appeal had raised enough money to start a temporary Day Care Centre in a portacabin alongside the Hospital.  It was opened by entertainer and Hospice Campaigner, Roy Castle.

Lucy Barber, Peace Hospice Care Receptionist reflected on the atmosphere in the portacabin:

“It was full of laughter. The place was full of laughter and camaraderie. Everybody that came in there felt the warmth and the love and the commitment of everyone. So it was… it was super.”

The Watford Observer, July 1993, reported the progress of the Appeal which had raised over ‘half a million pounds’ in two years.  The Hospital building re-opened as the Peace Hospice on 25 September 1996 and the portacabin found a new life at a Montessori Nursery School in Watford.