‘Honoured to chat with such an incredible supportive group’

9th April 2018

Mel Nicholls – GB Para Cyclist. Endurance Wheelchair Racer. Adventurer wrote on her Facebook page about her visit to meet the Men’s Space patient group:

Yesterday morning I was very lucky to spend time with the most uplifting and positive group of gentlemen I can say I have ever met.

To see a (not so old) friend again made my year and to sit with these wonderful guys, talking about my journey from stroke to beginning my sporting path whilst working at a school with a very special teacher, to dreams and ambitions, and sharing our passions for living in the moment, appreciating the important things, the sunshine, blue sky, birdsong, the great outdoors, and each other.

I was honoured to be invited to chat with such an incredible supportive group; they are friends, full of banter and laughter and they support each other through the good and the bad.
I was deeply moved by such an inspirational place and people. They have given me an extra spark, and I will be taking them all through my racing as my in-mind support team.

St Richard’s Hospice is such a special place, I feel very lucky to have been able to share this unique space of good, and of unconditional support and human spirit in care through life-limiting illnesses. A real special visit for me that has been so powerful in the greatest of ways.

What I felt in that room yesterday from everyone was about life. Living for the moment, finding something in every day to smile for and to be happy for.

THAT is a lesson for every single one of us.
Do what makes you happy. Find your smile. Be kind to each other.
Live life. Live for now.


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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.