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Voices: 30 years of memories (oral history)

In 2014 St Richard’s celebrated its 30th anniversary with a service of celebration in Worcester Cathedral attended by many proud members of staff, volunteers and families from across the three decades. It got us thinking about all the people who had helped create St Richard’s and the importance of their memories and experiences in contributing to the service that we have today.

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery, we have been able to track some of them down and record their stories. Our collection of oral history interviews now runs to about 40 hours of fascinating audio recordings; we’ve talked to nurses, doctors, administrators, fund raisers, volunteers, patients and family members.

The collection charts the astonishing development of St Richard’s from the home of founder Jenny Bulman in the early 1980s to the completion of the new hospice in 2006 and the Snow Drop Centre in 2011. But our collection is more than this. It is a treasure trove of really personal stories. Our wonderful candid interviewees explain why they became involved in St Richard’s, the challenges they faced in the early years, their good and bad days, turning points in the development of the service, the generosity of ordinary people who didn’t even know what a hospice was, the little things that mean a lot, the motivation provided by inspirational patients, and much, much more.

Please Dip Into Their Stories 

You can visit our dedicated website   to listen to extracts from our recordings. Click on the photos to find out more about our wonderful interviewees. Hear their voices by clicking on the audio links. Their full interviews with transcriptions and summaries are in our collection and at the Worcestershire Record Office in The Hive.

Thank you

A big thank you to the members of our Oral History Team who have collected St Richard’s Voices and created our Oral History Archive.

Julia Letts, Oral History Coordinator and volunteers Kate Platt, Fiona Tierney, Bernie Green, and June Sankey.

An Alternative Way of Hearing St Richard’s Voices

We want as many people as possible to hear our oral history collection so we’ve created a mobile audio point which will tour the county. You can listen to many of our interviewees speaking about their experiences on the audio point.  Alternatively you can click on Our Story, or on Our Voices to hear individual stories.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.