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40 Faces of St Gemma’s Hospice


Many of us will access support from a hospice in our lifetime, either for ourselves or a loved one. But do we really know what they do?

Go behind the scenes of St Gemma’s Hospice during our 40th Anniversary year. Portraits of 40 people, photographed by Olivia Hemingway are now on display on the first floor of Leeds City Museum. Patients, families, volunteers and staff all share their stories in this moving and uplifting exhibition.

This exhibition goes behind the scenes of St Gemma’s Hospice during our 40th Anniversary Year.

  • 26th June – 23rd September
  • Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH
  • Free Entry
  • Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00 pm

Death and dying is a difficult topic but it affects us all. These powerful portraits demonstrate strong feelings of hope, love, happiness, humour and bravery. The photographs have been taken in locations across Leeds, including at St Gemma’s Hospice, in peoples’ own homes and in iconic settings such as Roundhay Park.

Each portrait is accompanied by the person’s unique story, revealing the often surprising truth about hospice care. Whether you are strongly connected to St Gemma’s Hospice or want to discover more, this exhibition will give you an insight into life at your local hospice.

  • Exhibition Fair, Saturday 7th July, 10 – 4 pm
  • Brodrick Hall, Leeds City Museum

Email Emily on to order yours. Copies are £10 each.

We are looking for baked goodies to sell at our fairs and community events. Can you help us fundraise by baking some sweet or savoury treats?

Please contact our fundraising team on 0113 218 5500 or email

If you have any special skills you may be able to offer that support our patients and their families, please get in touch on or 0113 218 5193.

Join us to officially launch the exhibition with stalls, music, dance performances, talks and activities for all the family. This event is open to everyone, simply drop in during the day and join us for a cuppa and a slice of cake!

This is a chance to discover the often surprising reality of hospice care, with stories that share feelings of hope, love, happiness, humour and bravery.

Saint Gemma
Gemma Galgani, Patroness of St Gemma’s Hospice, was born in Lucca,
Italy on 12 March 1878. During her short life (she died at the age of 25),
she cared for her brother and father during their incurable illnesses with
great care. She found her own illness hard to bear but gained strength
from her deep faith.

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of St Gemma’s Hospice. We are proud to have been caring for people in Leeds for 40 years, in the Hospice itself and in people’s homes.

Throughout the year we will be reflecting on our history, looking to the future of our care and thanking you all for your support that makes it possible. This is an important time for us to come together and remember all those we’ve cared for, whilst making sure we can continue caring for years to come.

2018 marks forty years since the Sisters of the Cross and Passion founded St Gemma’s Hospice. Since then, we have supported thousands of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families across Leeds. We provide care to people of all faiths and cultures, always with the individual at the heart of what we do.

Our care will always be needed and this year we will be looking forward, as well as reflecting on our history. We have lots of exciting plans and projects coming up throughout 2018 and we hope you will join us to mark this special year.

It is only with your support that patients across Leeds can continue to receive the best possible care. Thank you for your support.

Address: 329 Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6QD

0113 218 5500