About Us Who we are Who we are History GTHC was formed in 1983 when local businessman, banker and philanthropist Sir Julian Hodge and his sister Tessa invited the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (a Catholic order of nuns) to start a hospice for the community of Cardiff and donated a house for this purpose. The first patient was referred to the Sisters in 1983 and by 1984 GTHC was established as an independent charity named in honour of George Thomas, retired Speaker of the House of Commons and highly regarded public figure. New centre opened In 2005 after a major fundraising appeal, the award winning purpose built hospice centre, Ty George Thomas, was opened in the grounds of Whitchurch Hospital. Officially opened by HRH, the Prince of Wales, the centre provides excellent facilities capable of meeting the changing needs of patients and families in Cardiff for many years to come. Cardiff's local hospice In 2008, GTHC became, and remains today, the major provider of Cardiff’s specialist palliative care. We are proud to call ourselves Cardiff’s local hospice.