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Supporting patients at clinics

Here at St Richard’s Hospice, we believe having a life-limiting illness should not mean a person cannot live life to the fullest, as independently as possible, for as long as they can. However, we also understand the challenges our patients and their loved ones may face as a result of their illness. At St Richard’s,… Read more »

‘Honoured to chat with such an incredible supportive group’

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… Read more »

Patient pens snowdrop-inspired poem

A patient at St Richard’s Hospice has penned a poem inspired by the charity’s emblem, a snowdrop. Ivy Lee, who attends Day Hospice, has written many poems – including ‘The Snowdrop’, which can be read below. The logo of St Richard’s Hospice, based in Worcester, contains a snowdrop – which represents a message of hope…. Read more »

“I’m a great believer in positivity”

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, 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

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

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

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’

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

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 »