29th September 2017

Patients’ poppy artwork to go on show

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.