Treetops Hospice grew out of a campaign started by Cally Cheetham in 1983, following her own experiences of caring for relatives suffering from cancer.
In 1984, the Draycott Hospice Association was formed . Various fund raising activities took place and talks were held with the local Health Authority.
The main hospice building was purchased from Nottinghamshire County Council in 1986. It was paid for out of a legacy from John Laver of Sandiacre. John was a benefactor who sadly died within months of becoming a member of the Association.
Shortly after, Draycott Hospice Development Trust was started to raise the extra funds necessary to convert and extend the original building.
The Duchess of Gloucester unveiled a dedication stone at the building in July 1990.
In 1991, a conservatory was added to the main building and a Nurse Manager was appointed.
Treetops first services began with a volunteer home-sitting service and a day care service once per week.
In 1993, the Draycott Hospice Association and Development Trust merged to form Treetops Hospice Trust, to reflect the original name of the building.
In 1996, we launched our Treetops Lottery with just 300 members.