About Us

We put patients and families first

We are one of the most loved charities in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, and have been caring for patients for over 40 years. We’re proud to be close to so many people’s hearts because of the compassionate, personal end of life care we provide for free, both at our hospice at beautiful Willen Lake and in people’s homes.

We give constant care in a friendly, peaceful environment, where patients coming to the end of their lives, and their loved ones, can really make the most of their time left together.

Our hospice is run by local people for local people; everything we do is to ease the pain of those near the end of their lives and to really be there for the families too. This is why so many people in Milton Keynes are so passionate about the charity. We are so proud to be part of a thriving community that supports each other – we simply cannot do what we do without you.

We are the only adult care hospice in Milton Keynes. Willen provides a wide range of services to assist terminally ill people with a wide range of illnesses but also support their friends and families. We have 170 staff and over 600 volunteers who enable us to do this vital work, but we simply cannot do it without the ongoing support of our community, their fundraising and donations.

How we help

We focus on four key areas: specialist symptom control, emotional support, spiritual support and care for carers. Often the most distressing aspect of living with life-limiting illnesses is the types of pain and symptoms which can arise. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers can give specialist support to patients and their family members, to help deal with the physical and emotional effects of both their illness and treatments. Our care gives real comfort, eases pain and reduces anxiety for patients and their loved ones. We work closely with GPs, hospitals, community nursing staff and social workers to ensure that our specialist care is practical, informed and supportive at all levels.

Our services are provided free of charge to those we care for. 

Who do we care for?

We provide care for people from the age of 18 years upwards, who have been referred by a GP or other medical professionals.

Which areas do we cover?

We are based in Milton Keynes and we cover the surrounding areas, providing services to three Primary Care Trusts – Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Please see our contact details if you would like to get in touch.

In a typical year...
£9
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.