Patient’s artwork on show

14th April 2016

Talking Heads, a series of artwork created by patients of St Richard’s Hospice, is now on show at the University of Worcester.

The collection of silhouette portraits has been produced by day hospice patients as well as a number of volunteers. The mixed-media portraits can be viewed at the Cotswold Gallery at the University’s St John’s Campus until 27th April. The exhibition runs day and is free to view.

Mary Jenkins, St Richard’s creative therapist, explained, “The profiles were created as a means of expressing an individual’s feelings and personal aspects of their lives.  Creativity can take form through many different mediums and it’s a great feeling to share what we create.

For example, one patient introduced the Malvern Hills as a background to her profile picture as she had been a keen walker there in the past. Many find creating artwork is a relaxing and distracting therapy and like to learn a new skill or improve existing talents. ”

Day Hospice art therapy Paul Brockbank self portraitAs well as the silhouettes there is artwork by by other patients who have been inspired to creativity at the hospice.

The exhibition has been arranged by Maureen Gamble, Head of Art at the University and supported by members of her technical team.

Creative therapy is one of a number of activities on offer to patients at the day hospice alongside support from specialist nurses, doctors, therapists, chaplains and trained volunteers.

Terry Dagley art exhibitionSt Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting 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.