‘Why I volunteer for St Richard’s Hospice’

31st May 2019

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, from June 1st to 7th, we are sharing stories from just a few of the fantastic people who give up their time to support St Richard’s Hospice.

Read Gavin’s story

Gavin Morris, a retired headteacher, began volunteering for St Richard’s Hospice at its Snowdrops shop in Broadway, after moving to the area.

He was inspired to volunteer for an hospice charity, after a former pupil, Joe, died of a life-limiting illness in 2015.

After volunteering at the shop, Mr Morris went on to train as a volunteer driver. He now brings Brian to the Men’s Space patient support group every Thursday.

After dropping Brian off at Men’s Space, Mr Morris stays with the group – giving out coffee and cake, and attending outings.

“Now I come and I don’t even think of them as unwell,” he said. “It is like a bloke’s youth club.

“Everybody just makes you feel as if what you’re doing matters. I think the team here are lovely people.

“Who knows when you or a member of your family might need it. That is what it’s about really – wanting to do something.”

An array of voluntary opportunities are available both at the hospice, in the community and at its shops and warehouse.

Find out how to get involved with volunteering at St Richard’s Hospice.

Follow the hospice’s Volunteers’ Week activities on Facebook @strichards, Twitter @StRichardsHosp and Instagram @strichardshospice using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek

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.