Posts Categorised in: Inspirational Blog

The importance of caring for carers

During Carers Week, 8th – 14th June, here at St Richard’s Hospice we are highlighting the importance of supporting those who care for patients with life-threatening illnesses. We understand that carers are pivotal to the success of the care provided for their loved one, and recognise that carers also need to be cared for and… Read more »

Volunteers help patients travel

Volunteers Peter Humphrey and Rosemary Kite

Volunteers like Rosemary Kite and Peter Humphrey are a vital part of the service St Richard’s offers to patients, helping them to travel to Day Hospice where they can receive specialist care and support and enjoy the company of others in similar situations. Rosemary and Peter describe a typical day for them at St Richard’s… Read more »

Supporting patients as a St Richard’s volunteer

Judith Irwin Volunteer

It all started two years ago with a piece in the local paper all about St Richard’s and me wanting to do something for the local community. I went along to an open evening and was surprised at all the different areas they needed volunteers for, from fundraising to receptionists. I was interested in the… Read more »

Men enjoy friendly banter at support group

day hospice men's space group

Men’s Health Week later this month (15-21 June) is a national week of awareness raising activity around health issues specifically affecting men. The campaign aims to encourage men to make sure that they know how to recognise the signs of illnesses, and to talk about any health issues they have. Here at St Richard’s Hospice… Read more »

‘Hooked’ on art therapy by Paul Brockbank

One of the many activities and therapies on offer to patients at the Day Hospice is creative arts therapy. It’s not something that I have done before but I was encouraged to have a go by Mary. She leads this activity and has loads of experience in different crafts. She is also a magpie, storing… Read more »

I am proud to be a nurse

June Patel, Care Director writes: I am so proud to be a nurse. Nursing is a caring, skilled and evidenced-based profession that provides care in so many different settings and makes a difference to the lives of patients and their loved ones in a multitude of ways. Nursing care at St Richard’s Hospice is also… Read more »

Whose death is it anyway?

David Knight, Chaplain

A thought for Dying Matters week (May 17th – 23rd) There are many people with very strong views on what makes for a good death. Much of it boils down to being a description of what they themselves would hope for. Perhaps a good death involves being surrounded by friends and family, or, alternatively, to… Read more »

Complementary Therapy, by Paul Brockbank, Day Hospice patient

Paul Brockbank receives complementary therapy

My Wednesday treat this week was a one hour aromatherapy massage, wonderful.  I have really benefited form six sessions of massage. It is relaxing and gives me pain relief across my back and shoulders.  I get two nights deep sleep after these treatment sessions, all thanks to the wonderful team at the hospice. Thank you… Read more »