Inspirational Blog

“I’m a great believer in positivity”

Suzanne Graesser living well

On World Cancer Day, hear from Suzanne. “I’m a great believer in positivity and how amazing people around you can be,” says Suzanne Graesser who is living with cancer. Suzanne, who lives in a Worcestershire village, is in her mid-forties and was first diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. She had chemotherapy, surgery and… Read more »

Hospice ‘helped get my life back on track’

Fiona Cox photo

Fiona, 50, describes how St Richard’s Hospice helped her get her life back on track after a cancer diagnosis. I was a fit and well working mum of two teenagers and was very shocked in May 2016 to be diagnosed with bowel cancer and liver metastasis. I had an operation on both my bowel and… Read more »

Hospice – there is a word that has always had the power to terrify

St Richard's sign

A Day Hospice patient writes: Hospice – there is a word that has always had the power to terrify. This is particularly true if one has had to watch one’s wife of 46 years being one of the last people to die whilst being subject to the ‘Liverpool Care Pathway’ (a now unlamented and defunct process that… Read more »

Activity day for bereaved teenagers

Teenage activity day oct 17

Six bereaved teenagers took part in a special activity day when they could share their thoughts and feelings with one another, make friends and start to think about their future. The day was organised by our Family Support Team and involved a morning of arts and crafts followed by an afternoon of outdoor activities at… Read more »

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 »