Inspirational Blog

Paul’s first day at St Richard’s

Day Hospice art therapy Paul Brockbank self portrait

It seemed to be such a turning point for me that first time at day hospice. My nurse had mentioned the ‘h’ word and I recoiled at the very thought of me going to a hospice. It was a negative emotional response based upon nothing other than assumption and imagination rather than experience or fact…. Read more »

‘My experience of St Richard’s’

David Craig Photo

Death is an interesting thing isn’t it? Apart from anything else it’s universal – we’re all going to do it. The second thing is it’s unique – every single person has a different experience of death. I knew absolutely nothing about St Richard’s Hospice when we first came across it. I had met my wife,… Read more »

Mark bids a fond farewell to St Richard’s

Mark Jackson Chief Executive Head and shoulders (3)

At the end of May I retired as Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice after eleven marvellous years. The life of a charity Chief Executive is never dull; from the highs of royal visits to open our multi million pound new hospice, to being asked to open a garage, or the mundane of mopping out… Read more »

How hospice is a ‘shining example’ of caring and sharing

Ray Mace  day hospice patient

When I was asked to write a short article on coping with Parkinson’s Disease I was as you can imagine, delighted to see my name in print. Previously, the  nearest I had ever got to such status was being editor of a London-based Parish magazine and that was in my youth! This voluntary job suited… Read more »

Celebrating Nurses’ Day

nurses day cake

      My nurse hero is my mum………………………… Mum wasn’t afford the chance to become a nurse, as the eldest daughter of a large family and on completion of school life work had to be the main focus, as was helping to raise her younger siblings. She was a caring and supportive mum and… Read more »

Making dreams come true

lesley jay snow machine

In her final days being cared for by St Richard’s we were privileged to help Lesley achieve her heartfelt wishes of seeing her grandchildren play in the snow and holding newborn lambs. Her family have asked us to share these precious moments to inspire others to support hospice care. Her daughter Zena said, ‘My Mum… Read more »

Hospitality team celebrates year of service

Tracey and Jules Kramer hospitality volunteer

Our Hospitality Service has now been running for a year and the impact it has had on the care of our patients in the In-patient Unit is immense.   Currently Tracey Heritage leads a team of ten volunteers who visit each patient in their room every morning to discuss what they would like to eat for… Read more »

Be proud to ‘shake’ with St Richard’s

Ray Mace  day hospice patient

Parkinson’s Awareness Week 10-18 April 2017 Ask anyone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) their favourite song and the answer will probably be the unforgettable Elvis Presley song ‘Shake Rattle and Roll.’  If it’s sung in a crowd it is the ideal song for a good shake without anyone suspecting that you have the famous PD! … Read more »

Perceptions of our care

Alice Spearing HCW

We have recently undertaken market research across Worcestershire to learn new insight into how our community and supporters perceive and understand our care and support. The market research involved on-street surveys and an online questionnaire which was kindly funded by a grant making trust. We would like to thank those who took part in the… Read more »

Special quilt created to support bereaved family

Matthew Picton memory quilt (1)

Staff and patients at St Richard’s Hospice have pulled together to create a very special multi-sensory quilt to help a family cope with their bereavement. Matthew Picton, who lived with a mitochondrial disorder that left him with learning and other disabilities, but died from stomach cancer, was cared for at the end of his life… Read more »