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Activity day for bereaved teenagers

Teenage activity day oct 17

Six bereaved teenagers took part in a special activity day when they could share their thoughts and feelings with one another, make friends and start to think about their future. The day was organised by our Family Support Team and involved a morning of arts and crafts followed by an afternoon of outdoor activities at… Read more »

Paul’s first day at St Richard’s

Day Hospice art therapy Paul Brockbank self portrait

It seemed to be such a turning point for me that first time at day hospice. My nurse had mentioned the ‘h’ word and I recoiled at the very thought of me going to a hospice. It was a negative emotional response based upon nothing other than assumption and imagination rather than experience or fact…. Read more »

‘My experience of St Richard’s’

David Craig Photo

Death is an interesting thing isn’t it? Apart from anything else it’s universal – we’re all going to do it. The second thing is it’s unique – every single person has a different experience of death. I knew absolutely nothing about St Richard’s Hospice when we first came across it. I had met my wife,… Read more »

Mark bids a fond farewell to St Richard’s

Mark Jackson Chief Executive Head and shoulders (3)

At the end of May I retired as Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice after eleven marvellous years. The life of a charity Chief Executive is never dull; from the highs of royal visits to open our multi million pound new hospice, to being asked to open a garage, or the mundane of mopping out… Read more »

Celebrating Nurses’ Day

nurses day cake

      My nurse hero is my mum………………………… Mum wasn’t afford the chance to become a nurse, as the eldest daughter of a large family and on completion of school life work had to be the main focus, as was helping to raise her younger siblings. She was a caring and supportive mum and… Read more »

Making dreams come true

lesley jay snow machine

In her final days being cared for by St Richard’s we were privileged to help Lesley achieve her heartfelt wishes of seeing her grandchildren play in the snow and holding newborn lambs. Her family have asked us to share these precious moments to inspire others to support hospice care. Her daughter Zena said, ‘My Mum… Read more »

Hospitality team celebrates year of service

Tracey and Jules Kramer hospitality volunteer

Our Hospitality Service has now been running for a year and the impact it has had on the care of our patients in the In-patient Unit is immense.   Currently Tracey Heritage leads a team of ten volunteers who visit each patient in their room every morning to discuss what they would like to eat for… Read more »

Be proud to ‘shake’ with St Richard’s

Ray Mace  day hospice patient

Parkinson’s Awareness Week 10-18 April 2017 Ask anyone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) their favourite song and the answer will probably be the unforgettable Elvis Presley song ‘Shake Rattle and Roll.’  If it’s sung in a crowd it is the ideal song for a good shake without anyone suspecting that you have the famous PD! … Read more »