Patients’ poppy artwork to go on show

29th September 2017

Creative patients at St Richard’s Hospice have been busy making poppy-themed artwork for a Remembrance exhibition in Worcester.

Paintings, prints, tapestries, poems and a beautiful quilt have been hand-made by Day Hospice patients and will go on show in October at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum.

Meg Robinson, from Malvern, who has been coming to Day Hospice for around six months, designed the quilt and spent a week carefully crafting it using brightly coloured fabric before it was quilted by Sally Kidd.

“I have always enjoyed doing creative things,” said Mrs Robinson, who often takes part in craft activities at St Richard’s – including jewellery making.

“It doesn’t matter how bad you feel when you arrive at the hospice, you go home beaming. You always go home from St Richard’s with something you have made, or a present, and everyone is so nice.”

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.

Mary Jenkins, hospice Creative Therapist, said: “Many of us have links with the history and meaning behind the poppy so we have been creating artwork commemorating Remembrance.

“For our patients, working on something that is going to be exhibited in public is a great focus and it gives them a purpose for producing artwork.

“It also brings them out of themselves and makes them think about something other than their current situation.”

Mrs Robinson’s quilt, along with the other artwork by St Richard’s patients, will be displayed at the museum’s Open Gallery in Foregate Street from Wednesday, October 4 to Monday, October 30. Anyone is welcome along to enjoy the exhibition.

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.