21st June 2019

Legacy bench moves to Guildhall

A hospice is inviting members of the public to take a seat on its travelling bench – and reflect on their life and legacy.

The St Richard’s Hospice ‘Legacy Bench’ was installed at Worcester’s historic Guildhall on Wednesday, June 19 and will be in place until Monday, July 8.

The painted bench, bearing lines of verse, was previously in place at the city’s Royal Porcelain Works and the West Garden at Worcester Cathedral.

It is hoped the bench will encourage people to think about how they would like to be remembered, while raising awareness of the hospice’s dependence on gifts in Wills to fund its care.

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Allah Ditta, said: “St Richard’s Hospice is a much-loved local charity and I am very pleased that we have been able to bring its Legacy Bench to the Guildhall.

“I hope people will take time out from their busy lives to spend a few minutes on the bench thinking about their loved ones and the legacy they will leave.”

The fibreglass bench has been decorated by Worcester Stands Tall artist Katie Hodgetts, who used the same blue-and-white design as she created for the hospice’s giraffe, Snowdrop.

Tricia Cavell, fundraising director at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to see our beautiful bench in place at such an iconic city landmark.

“We hope passers-by will take the chance to sit and reflect on what they’d like to be remembered for – whether it is for your life’s work, generosity or something simple like your smile.

“It is also a great way to help raise awareness of our dependence on gifts in Wills to fund our hospice services. Currently, one in six patients are cared for thanks to the generosity of people leaving us legacy gifts. We are so grateful to all those who support us.”

To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will, visit www.strichards.org.uk/gifts-in-wills