Painting donation in memory of mum

7th December 2015

A painting inspired by the memory of an Evesham mother has been donated to St Richard’s Hospice to help raise funds towards the charity’s care of patients and families.

Martin Buffery has donated a beautiful painting of a snowdrop fairy which was inspired by his mother Judith following her care in the In-patient Unit at St Richard’s before she died earlier this year.

Mrs Buffery, who lived with her husband Roy at Hampton, near Evesham, spent five days being cared for by the hospice team. She was a member of St Andrew’s Church in Hampton.

Martin, an automotive designer who lives near Stratford, paints as a hobby and his mother suggested he create a piece of artwork to donate to the hospice.

Martin explained, “The excellent hospice team made mum’s last few days comfortable and dignified. I visited her during her stay with my own family and talked to her about the hospice. We chatted about the pictures on show and sale in the hospice reception, many using the St Richard’s snow drop symbol. As I do some painting Mum asked if I would add to the collection of pictures and hopefully raise a bit more money for the hospice’s care.”

To mark Mrs Buffery’s birthday on 28th November when she would have been 72, the family visited St Richard’s to donate the finished framed painting.

martin buffery fairy paintingMartin added, “With mum’s birthday approaching I felt I had to do as she had asked and so produced a small picture of a snowdrop plant, together with a fairy. My daughter Eleanor, who is five, loves fairies so this seemed a perfect link. I hope someone will fall in love with the painting and buy it to help support hospice care in the future.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

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.