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Rugby player surprises hospice patient

7th December 2017

 

A keen Worcester Warriors rugby fan was delighted by a surprise visit to see her in St Richard’s Hospice by player Ethan Waller.

Margaret Morgan from Malvern had been chatting to one of the hospice doctors where she is being cared for at St Richard’s in Worcester and mentioned being a big Warriors fan.

The hospice team then arranged the festive surprise and the loosehead prop dropped by to the delight of Margaret and her husband Cliff.

Mrs Morgan, who has cancer, is being cared for in the hospice In-patient Unit.  The couple have been long term fans of the Warriors, even inspiring them to move to Malvern in 2010 to be nearer the team.

Cliff and Margaret Morgan with worcester warrior Ethan WallerMr Morgan said, “Margaret loved the visit from Ethan, she was beaming! He was lovely, staying and chatting to us for some time. Margaret is a very enthusiastic supporter and we have been fans for many years.”

Mr Morgan added that another of his wife’s favourite hobbies is gardening and that she had enjoyed looking out of the windows of her hospice bedroom onto the grounds and pond and seeing the wildlife.

“You can’t fault this place,” he said. “Nothing has been too much trouble.”

Hospice Chief Executive June Patel said, “We are very grateful to the Worcester Warriors for their support and to Ethan for coming to visit Margaret and making her feel so special. “

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative and end of life care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,000 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They care for people with a range of illnesses including heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it 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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.