Education Staff

Education and training department staff:

Helen Corner education

Helen Corner, Education and learning facilitator

Helen qualified as a nurse in 1980 (Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps) and has extensive nursing experience working in both the NHS and the independent sector. Helen has a background which includes District Nursing, Senior Nursing Management and End of Life Care as well as previously running her own Arts and Health Company.

In her previous post within a hospice, Helen was part of the care services senior management team and was involved in many aspects of clinical care including policy development, health and safety, project management, maintaining standards and quality of care, providing expert clinical advice and support to junior members of staff, teaching and mentoring, recruitment, reviewing services and the Acting Manager for the Hospice at Home service.

Helen has also worked as part of the National Gold Standards Framework Team as a Clinical Associate working on the Care Homes, Primary Care and Acute Hospital Programme.

Using the arts and creativity Helen is passionate about how we educate, train and facilitate learning for health and social care professionals and artists working in health care settings as well as raising awareness of death, dying, loss and bereavement across different settings.

Having recently joined the education team as the Education and Learning Facilitator, Helen is passionate that care should be of a high standard, maintains quality and is delivered with compassion and dignity to the patient, patient’s family and wider community.



Becky Stewart


Beckie Stewart, Administrator

Beckie has been working in administration for over 15 years in various sectors, including advertising and marketing, architectural and logistics.  She joined St Richards as Education Administrator in June 2009.


Delivery of specialist education and training requires support from experts within the Hospice and this is provided by:

Dr Nicola WilderspinDr. Nicky Wilderspin, Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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Sarah Popplestone-Helm - Head of Family Support Services

Sarah Popplestone-Helm, Head of Family Support Services

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Sarah has managed the Family Support Service at St Richard’s since 2007. Qualifying as a Social Worker in 1984 and passionate about support for the families and carers of the dying, her focus has been hospice psychosocial palliative care. Her specialist area is support for children and young people and she has spent many years developing and running support services for patients and their families.

Sarah gained qualifications in adult education and supports the hospice education department to deliver a wide variety of internal and external courses.


Ingrid Walden, Counsellor

Ingrid has a background in nursing, mental health support, the elderly and carer service provision, prior to qualifying as a BACP accredited counsellor. She has a range of skills and training including adult teacher training and supervision skills.

Ingrid is based in the Family Support Team for counselling and supervision and provides an education resource across the Hospice for psychological themed teaching.