About the charity

Keech Hospice Care is the adult hospice for Luton and Bedfordshire and the children’s hospice for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. We believe everyone facing a life-limiting illness should receive excellent care and support.

As a charity, 70% of Keech Hospice Care’s funding comes from its local community and supporters. We are one of very few hospices in the UK which provides care for both adults and children (and their loved ones too).

Keech Hospice Care is based in a purpose-built facility in Luton. However, our hospice care is delivered to patients and their families in a variety of settings including the family home, school or in hospital. We are there for our patients, and their family and friends, at a time in their lives they need us most.

Website: www.keech.org.uk
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Did you know?


In 2022/2023, we cared for 2,274 people: 381 children, 1,482 adults and 411 of their relatives.


It costs around £7 million a year to provide our care services. That’s around £19,000 a day.


All our care – is provided free of charge.

How you could support our charity

Sponsor a sculpture

By sponsoring a hare or tortoise, or an element of The Short Tail Trail, you’re not only helping create something spectacular for Luton – you’re supporting Keech Hospice Care. Each sculpture will be auctioned at the end of trail to raise funds for the hospice’s care.

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Complete The Short Tail Trail

Get set for Saturday 6 July 2024 when you can download the app or buy the trail map ready for your Short Tail adventure!

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Take part in an event

Watch this space for details of the exciting events and activities we’ll have coming up for the trail!

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Spread the word

Be part of The Short Tail Trail in the summer of 2024! Follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest information. Hop on board!

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Why short tails?

After the huge success of The Big Trunk Trail, we considered long and hard about what animals would once again bring our community together.

The Tortoise and the Hare fable is a much loved and well known story that depicts the importance of working together. The tortoise symbolises longevity and the ability to thrive, which depicts our heritage, our resilience and our approach to the work we do. The hares symbolise nature, love and family but are also associated with new beginnings. We see the hares representing the community as they are the ones that will ignite ‘change’; whether that’s through us listening to our supporters’ views to make change, or a nod to the change that takes place when patients and their loved ones access our care.

As a charity, 70% of Keech Hospice Care’s funding comes from its local community and supporters, without who we can’t keep making the difference when it matters the most. These beautiful hares and tortoises are a visual reminder of the importance of our community coming together to make the difference.

More about Keech Hospice Care

Own a unique piece of art

The Short Tail Trail is being brought to Luton by Keech Hospice Care. The unique, colourful and energetic sculptures will take centre stage at a glittering auction on Thursday 3 October 2024 to raise vital funds so Keech Hospice Care can continue caring for children, adults and their loved ones with life-limiting illnesses.

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A Wild in Art Event

Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events which enrich, entertain, inform and connect communities – giving people of all ages a voice through art.

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