Residents across the High Peak, Hope Valley and beyond are being warmly invited to get involved in a video project to commemorate 30 years of Blythe House Hospicecare.

Rev. Betty Packham

We’re celebrating three decades of hospice care for patients in the High Peak, Hope Valley, and areas of Cheshire and Staffordshire. Reverend Betty Packham founded Blythe House after she took care of Buxton teacher Stan Blythe in the final months of his life, in the comfort of her home. Stan left Betty £1,000 in his will, and Blythe House began as a result of that legacy.

Stan Blythe

Local videographer, David King is volunteering his time to put together a special video to showcase the history and services of Blythe House.

Now, we are on the lookout for local patients, family members, carers and volunteers to share their Blythe House story on camera, to help create the recorded memento.

Janet Dunphy, Blythe House Hospicecare CEO, says: ‘We would love to hear from people across the local area and beyond who’ve been touched by Blythe House care and support over the last 30 years. We know that the hospice has been able to look after thousands of people, and hundreds more have dedicated years of their lives to volunteer for Blythe House. If you have a special anecdotal tale to tell, please get in touch. If you’d prefer not to be filmed, but would be happy for your voice to be heard, we can do audio recordings.

‘We’re also looking for people to share special messages by recording on their own smart phones and emailing directly to us. Please help to celebrate 30 years of care by wishing “happy birthday,” or saying a special thanks for hospice services.’

To find out more about getting involved in the video filming, or to submit your Happy Birthday or Thank You self-recorded videos, please email: or call Rebecca Cassidy on 07494 594653.