A SOUTHAMPTON hospice is set to host a range of special events throughout 2022 as it marks its 45th anniversary.

Mountbatten Hampshire, formerly Countess Mountbatten Hospice has been providing end-of-life care in the area since it opened in 1977.

Now, 45 years on, it runs as an independent charity supported largely by the local communities it serves and is set to host a range of events to mark its special anniversary.

A torch-bearing run, a sailing regatta and a party open to everyone will all form part of the celebrations throughout the year.

A 45th anniversary logo has been specially designed to commemorate the occasion focusing on ’45 years of kindness’.

This logo will be used by the hospice during its 45th year.

CEO, Nigel Hartley, said: “When this hospice opened, it was one of the first of its kind in the UK.

“Over the course of time, we have had periods of real excellence here.

“Today, working to a different model of hospice care, independent of the NHS, we are striving to develop our services to support more people.

“It is really important our local communities know about our services and know we are there for them.

“This anniversary gives us an opportunity to talk about Mountbatten, celebrate our work, but also look to the future and help inform people about ourselves and the support we can offer.”

Last November, the hospice was rated “good” across all areas by the Care Quality Commission.

This came after a previous mock inspection two years earlier found the facility to “require improvement”.