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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

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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

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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

Nurses Day June Patel

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 »

Bereaved children store treasured memories

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St Richard’s Hospice understands that a life-threatening illness can cause enormous changes within a family and that children have very specific needs to help them through the bereavement process. Children can have difficulty understanding what has happened to their loved one and that the dead person cannot come back. This can be challenging for parents… Read more »

How hospice helped our family

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Coming to terms with a terminal diagnosis can be an incredibly difficult thing to do, especially when you have a family. When Alison Holmes died from breast cancer she left behind her 13-year old daughter, 16-year old son and husband who were completely lost without her. But staff at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester stepped… Read more »

“STAFF WERE SO SUPPORTIVE”

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Paula Hancock shares her experience of St Richard’s and their care of her mum My mum Noreen Hancock  was diagnosed with bowel cancer in early January 2011 when she was 56.  She was transferred to Worcester Royal where she had surgery to remove the tumour.  Mum started to receive chemotherapy treatment, but by the spring… Read more »