OVERGATE Hospice, Elland, celebrates its silver anniversary this year.
And Mrs Sylvia Graucob, who donated the house, medical director Dr Susan Salt and Nora Quinn, widow of founder Dr Brian Quinn, released balloons to launch the beginning of the celebrations.
The hospice was founded in 1981 when Overgate was donated to the Calderdale Society for Continuing Care by Mrs Graucob.
She wanted her house to be used as a nursing home for dying patients after her husband died.
Dr Brian Quinn was chairman of the Calderdale Society which was set up in 1978 to provide a hospice for the terminally ill.
The aim of the hospice was to make it possible for cancer patients to die with dignity and free of pain either in their homes or in the hospice.
That aim still stands today, but it is not only cancer patients who are cared for. Patients with other terminal illnesses are looked after.
Nurses from the hospice try to alleviate pain for patients both at home and in the hospice.
Overgate Hospice was the second of its kind to be set up in West Yorkshire and now has 12 in-patient beds.
It also provides four days of day care each week.
With only 19% of funding coming from the NHS Primary Care Trust, the hospice is largely funded through the local community.
Jenni Feather, director of clinical services said: "There are things going on all the time to raise money, such as running marathons."
But in aid of the 25th anniversary year they are a number of extra events.
These include a Service of Celebrations at Halifax Parish Church on May 6, a float at Halifax Charity Gala on June 10, a Silver Ball at Bowers Mill, Barkisland, on September 9 and a choir concert at Halifax Victoria Theatre on September 23.
The Hospice Movement began in 1967 with St Christopher's Hospice in London. It was set up by Dame Cicely Saunders.
The hospice movement strives to relieve pain, to help patients, friends and relatives face up to death and to care for the emotional needs of friends and family.
There are currently around 100 hospices in the UK, including Kirkwood in Huddersfield.
They are paid for by fundraising, donations and money left in wills. There are not enough hospices to meet demands for beds.
Help the Hospices, the national charity for hospices, has a website at www.helpthehospices. org.uk
For information on Overgate Hospice fundraising, ring 01484 379151.