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How ‘legacy bench’ will tackle taboos

10th May 2019

A travelling bench aimed at opening up conversations around death is set to arrive outside Worcester Cathedral.

The painted ‘Legacy Bench’, belonging to St Richard’s Hospice, will be in place in the cathedral’s West Garden from Wednesday, May 15 until Monday, May 27.

From there, it will travel to different places across the city during 2019 – with its locations revealed via the hospice’s social media channels.

Tricia Cavell, fundraising director at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We hope people will use our beautiful bench as a chance to take some time out: to sit and reflect on what they’d like their ‘legacy’ to be in the world.

“Maybe you’d like to be remembered for your kindness to others, or bravery – or simply your smile!

“This forms part of our wider work in getting people thinking and talking about death and bereavement – ultimately helping to break down taboos around this subject and preparing for the end-of-life.

“We appreciate these can be difficult topics to discuss, so we hope offering a peaceful place to think will help get the conversation flowing.”

The fibreglass bench has been decorated by Worcester Stands Tall artist Katie Hodgetts, who painted the hospice’s giraffe Snowdrop.

Ms Hodgetts has used the same blue-and-white snowdrop design she created to cover her giraffe – adding in poignant lines of poetry and words.

The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester, said: “I think the Legacy Bench is a wonderful idea and we are delighted that it is spending the first stage of its journey in the cathedral gardens.

“I hope it will be a way of helping all of us remember our loved ones with gratitude and think about what we would like to be remembered for.”

The hospice also hopes the bench, donated by Crowngate Shopping Centre, will help raise awareness of its dependence on gifts in Wills to fund its care.

Currently, one in six of the patients and families we support are cared for thanks to legacy gifts. To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will, visit strichards.org.uk/gifts-in-wills

The hospice also offers a free Will-writing service, with the option to leave a gift, called Farewill. Find out more at strichards.org.uk/gifts-in-wills/farewill

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.