Founder - Eileen Lerche-Thomsen

Patron - Vladimir Ashkenazy


Dr. Ruth Bradby (Secretary)

Patricia Cockrell, MBE, (Chairman) 

Dr. Richard Hillier, MD, FRCP

Robert Jenkins, (Treasurer) 

Wendy Jones, OBE

Sir Andrew Wood, GCMG

Russia’s first hospice was opened by the British Russian Hospice Society in St. Petersburg in 1990. It was the first of four hospice models that the Society helped to establish as its launch pad for a Russian hospice movement and demonstrated that the hospice concept, which originated in Britain, could be adapted to Russian practice. There are now hospices in many parts of Russia in various stages of development, and more are in prospect.

Victor Zorza, the prime mover of this initiative, left some money in trust for the development of hospice care in Russia, or, at the discretion of the trustees, in other parts of the former Soviet Union.

The Victor Zorza Hospice Trust supports projects in Russia run by charitable organisations which promote hospice principles and encourage the development of a Russian hospice network. These may include training and support programmes; educational projects to promote public awareness of the benefits of hospice care, or to give information and assistance in starting a local hospice; provision of medical textbooks and literature relating to palliative care; the provision of medical equipment under specified conditions.

Who can apply? 

Charitable organisations with experience of working in Russia in the palliative care field, or similarly experienced individuals using their skills to benefit the Russian hospice movement. Applications from suitably qualified Russian organisations and individuals will also be welcome.

Previous grants have included hospice training programmes in Perm and Samara and the establishment of a Russian language website.

The trustees meet to consider applications three times a year.

In the first instance a short (10 line) outline of your proposed project should be sent to

Patricia Cockrell, Chairman

The Victor Zorza Hospice Trust
21 Berkeley Row
Lewes, Sussex  BN7  1EU

Tel. 01273 474884


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(external link)