The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care was established in 1986 as a non-profit charitable organization with the mission to advocate for the development of palliative care as well as provide bereavement services, professional training and public education on life and death.
In 1992, SPHC opened Bradbury Hospice, the first independent hospice in Hong Kong, before handing over its management to Hospital Authority in 1995. Soon afterwards, SPHC also opened the Jessie and Thomas Tam Centre, the city’s first community bereavement centre, in 1997.
Thanks to a generous land grant by the Government and funding support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, SPHC achieved another first with the opening of the Jockey Club Home for Hospice, a one-stop family-oriented hospice centre unlike any other at the time. The hospice provides a comprehensive range of services such as inpatient care, home care, day care and bereavement counselling to terminal patients and their families.