Ann Price joined the St Richard’s team as secretary to the first paid administrator Peter Tebbit in 1987. Although she was Peter’s secretary, she did ‘a bit of everything’ including greeting visitors, running up to the bank and opening the old St Richard’s collecting tins with a tin opener! She moved with the team from Castle Street to Rose Hill and continued to work with Peter until he left his post in 1997. When her husband Barney Price was appointed Administrator, Ann decided to retire but she immediately started volunteering for the hospice, which she continues to do to this day.
Ann Price and her husband Barney have been involved with St Richard’s since its very early days. They first heard about the hospice service through their friend Jeannie Young. In the following extract, Ann describes how it literally ‘snowballed’ from there.
Ann’s job at St Richard’s spanned a period of major expansion – she started in 1987 in Castle Street and left in 1999 from Rose Hill, soon after her husband Barney had been appointed as Hospice Administrator. In this extracts, she describes the atmosphere in Castle Street.
After officially retiring from her secretarial role, Ann immediately started volunteering for St Richard’s. In this final extract, she talks about the enjoyment and sense of involvement she has got out of it.