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Make a difference as a volunteer

“I really enjoy volunteering and I’ve made lots of firm friends through the different areas I work in. “It’s so diverse and good fun!” St Richard’s Hospice is able to offer care to patients and their loved ones thanks to the generous support of dedicated volunteers and the community. Over 1,000 volunteers bring their life… Read more »

Occupational Therapy helps patients stay at home

People with life-threatening illnesses are able to stay independent and at home for as long as possible, thanks to the package of care offered by St Richard’s Hospice. The hospice’s two part-time Occupational Therapists are an integral part of this care and support, helping patients to stay at home by working out practical solutions so… Read more »

Hospice volunteers give valuable support in the community

community volunteers chat

St Richard’s Hospice’s community volunteers offer practical support at home to patients and their families, giving a helping hand with a wide range of everyday tasks. As part of the hospice’s ethos of holistic care, it recognises that those who have a life threatening illness can find it difficult to manage the day to day… Read more »

Out-patients clinics held at hospice

St Richard’s Hospice is working in partnership with the NHS in Worcestershire to offer patients with advanced conditions the opportunity to attend specialist out-patient appointments at the hospice. Each Monday, a palliative care out-patient clinic is held at the hospice for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, advanced respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions.  The specialist clinics aim… Read more »

Dignity, comfort, fun and laughter

Luke tells of his personal experience of St Richard’s Hospice. I have always been touched by the work that hospices do and, with friends, we have completed many challenges over the years to help raise money. However, I unfortunately now have first-hand experience, and I can say now that I have always massively underestimated just… Read more »

Creative therapy is outlet for patient expression

A display of artwork by St Richard’s Hospice patients is currently on display at St Andrew’s Church Parish Centre, Droitwich and also in shops around the town all on the theme of the charity’s snowdrop emblem. This, and a recent display in St John’s, Worcester, are examples of the hospice developing community links which are… Read more »

Garden therapy

The lovely gardens and grounds at St Richard’s Hospice offer so much more than just a pleasant view. Patients in the In-patient Unit, their visitors and patients in Day Hospice as well as staff and volunteers can take time out to reflect, relax, find respite and enjoy the spaces in different ways. One of our… Read more »

Chairman’s blog

When you get asked “Why do you do that?” or  “What does it involve?”  I soon realised from my perspective what a great privilege it is to be the Chairman of St Richard’s Hospice. As Chairman I am fortunate to be supported by devoted board of Governors who provide a great breadth of experience both… Read more »

A peak behind the scenes

At St Richard’s Hospice, the high quality of care and compassion we offer patients and families is built on a foundation of activities that take place ‘behind the scenes’. The hospice is kept running like a well-oiled machine by the highly experienced Facilities team, responsible for all the hospice’s support services including health and safety,… Read more »

You Only Die Once: Kate Granger’s story

Doctor and writer Kate Granger was the focus of the second ever Dying Matters Annual Lecture on Monday evening, which marked the beginning of Dying Matters Awareness week, which runs from 12-18 May. Kate, a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, has incurable cancer. After five gruelling rounds of chemotherapy following her diagnosis with a rare… Read more »