Where did it all start?
The origins of St Richard’s Hospice go back to the early 1980s when Dr Jenny Bulman started investigating the possibilities of starting a Hospice at Home service in Worcestershire. She and a team of like-minded volunteers got the ball rolling, and in May 1984 St Richard’s formerly began caring for patients in their homes.
In 1985 the fledgling organisation moved from Jenny’s home in Droitwich to a small terraced house in Castle Street, Worcester. The team grew and before long, St Richard’s had outgrown its premises and needed to move again, this time to the delightful Georgian mansion Rose Hill. In 1994 the first St Richard’s Hospice Shop started in Mealcheapen Street in Worcester.
Throughout these years St Richard’s cared for people in their homes or at the Day Hospice but it became increasingly apparent that the service needed an inpatient unit, and fund-raising began for a new hospice in 2004. A year later the Chairman of Governors Jeannie Young cut the first turf at Wildwood and construction started on the £5 million building. It was formally opened in October 2006 providing beds for 10 patients. In 2011 the Snowdrop Centre was added in and in 2014 the bedded unit was extended.
We would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for enabling us to create this oral history archive.
We would also like to thank the Worcestershire Record Office which is looking after a complete collection of our interviews. You can listen to these at The Hive.
And finally a big thank you to the members of our Oral History Team who have collected St Richard’s Voices and created this archive.
- Julia Letts, Oral History Coordinator
- Kate Platt, Volunteer
- Fiona Tierney, Volunteer
- Bernie Green, Volunteer
- June Sankey, Volunteer
If you would like to add your story to our collection, please get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you.