Couples celebrating 40 years of marriage are needed to help a hospice commemorate its own 40th anniversary.

St Barnabas House in Worthing will be hosting a series of ruby anniversary-themed events throughout 2013 to celebrate its four decades of helping people with life-limiting illnesses.

Among the proposed events is a party for 40 couples who are celebrating their 40th anniversaries in 2013.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Worthing, will also be open to businesses, clubs or schools which opened in 1973.

St Barnabas opened its doors in January 1973 after a campaign led by local anaesthetist Dr Francis Gusterson. In 1968, he launched an appeal to fund the building of a home designed for people with terminal illnesses.

Since then St Barnabas has cared for more than 30,000 people. It provides free specialist palliative care to adults with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses.

It costs more than £5 million each year to run the hospice, with most of this money raised through voluntary donations in the Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield areas.

To take part in the planned 40th anniversary events, call the community fundraising team at St Barnabas House on 01903 254777 or email

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