The Kirkwood Support Life

The Kirkwood help to improve quality of life for local people affected by any life limiting illness, against all the odds. When time is short, we help those in our care to live well and make the most of every single day. We make the complex simple by focussing on what's important. And we support families and loves ones to live on – and live well.

Our patients, their carers and those closest to them all have their own needs, aspirations and expectations. So our support is built around their personal wishes and goals. We offer a wider range of services designed to support patients, carers and family members at every stage of illness.

Our History

The Kirkwood was founded by a group of local people who believed everyone deserved the very best care and support as they approached the end of their life. Passionate local people who cared about their community and wanted to make things better for them.

Kirkwood Hospice opened its doors in March 1987 to care for local people living with life limiting illnesses and provide support for their families and friends, free of charge.

Things may look and feel a little bit different now, but our mission is the same today as it was at the very beginning; to provide the very best care for anyone affected by a life limiting illness, every step of the way.

Support Life

Our support may have begun as a hospice, but today it is a promise: to support the life and legacy of all of those affected by a life limiting illness.

The Kirkwood is not just a building, an In-Patient Unit or place of care. We are a movement of people. We are clinical and medical professionals, patients, carers and families. We are employees, supporters and volunteers. And together, we Support Life.

As a charity, we have always relied on the support of local businesses and the general public, who believe in the difference The Kirkwood make for local people. By working together we can reach more people in need, support more families and carers who don’t know where to turn, and create a true movement. Made up of people who know and love our local area and believe, like The Kirkwood, that we can achieve more when we work together.

Getting in touch

24/7 Specialist Advice Line: 01484 557 910

The Kirkwood Main Reception: 01484 557 900

Fundraising Office: 01484 557 911



The Kirkwood (Kirkwood Hospice) is a Registered Charity (No. 512987).

Our Patrons

Halifax & District Chamber of Commerce Huddersfield & District Chamber of Commerce Wakefield & District Chamber of Commerce