Palliative care in New Zealand originated from within local communities, supported by local funding and run by volunteers. Their goal was to provide holistic care for those approaching end of life.
In 1986 the beginnings of Hospice West Auckland were established by the eight founding trustees: Maureen Brooker, Sir Tom Clark, Dr Ritchie Gilmour, Lois Holmes, Dianne Paton, Peter Sinclair, Victor Sunde and Philip Revell.
Beverly Revell was appointed Nurse Coordinator on a part time, voluntary basis and initially operated the West Auckland Hospice HomeCare service (as it was first branded) from her own home. Her dedicated service to Hospice continued until 2001, and she was deservedly awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for Services to the Community.