David Hallmark has been the hospice’s legal advisor for the last three decades and can take the credit for turning St Richard’s into a charitable organisation in its early months. David believes the success of the hospice is down to a few key factors. These include thoughtful ‘succession planning’ and the recruitment of the right people to the right jobs (from inspirational and compassionate medical staff to experienced and tenacious administrators). David has also been involved with many fundraising activities, particularly the Worcestershire Woman of the Year, the annual golf tournament and various other events in the cathedral. He is proud of being part of the hospice team which he calls ‘a big family’. The patients, he says, are the glue that keeps the family together.
David became involved with St Richard’s through Clare Norton. Clare was a regular visitor to the Quaker Meeting House which was opposite David’s family law firm. In need of a lawyer for their fledgling service, Clare asked David if he could help. As David recalls, before long he was on the Board of Governors and creating the legal framework for St Richard’s which is still in place today.
One of the immediate concerns for the new Board of Governors was how they were going to sustain the funding for the organisation. David was involved in the appointment of Liz Bevan as the first paid fundraiser, and as he explains in this extract, this gave the Governors confidence to plan ahead. He goes on to talk about the founding of the hugely successful ‘Worcestershire Woman of the Year’ event.