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30th year - home care sister jaqui heal loading a wheel chair into the back of her car for a patient in 1985_opt

St Richard’s Hospice was established in 1984 and is a local independent, Worcestershire charity. St Richard’s Hospice was founded in Droitwich, taking its name from Richard de la Wyche who was born there in 1197 and who was declared a Saint in 1262.

The hospice first started in the home of Dr Jenny Bulman before moving to Castle Street in Worcester. Home Care services started in 1984, followed by Day Hospice and the beginnings of an educational programme in 1988. As the organisation grew, so did the need for larger premises and the hospice moved to Rose Hill house in Worcester which was officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales in May 1992.

whole view plus gardens drone viewIn 2004 as hospice services continued to grow to meet demand, a £5.25m appeal was made to build a new centre with the first urgently needed specialist palliative care In-patient Unit for South Worcestershire. In 2006 the new St Richard’s Hospice opened in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

St Richard’s serves Worcestershire including Worcester, Malvern, Droitwich, Pershore, Upton upon Severn, Broadway, Evesham and the surrounding areas. We also care for patients from the north of the county in our In-patient Unit.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery, we have been able to record our oral history with about 40 hours of fascinating audio recordings; we’ve talked to nurses, doctors, administrators, fund raisers, volunteers, patients and family members. Find out more…

Find out how we are funded.

Why do we have the Snowdrop in our logo?

“I am come to calm your fears: I am come to console you in the absence of bright days, and to reassure you of their return.” 

The Snowdrop – Consolation by Bishop Keble 1792-1886