St Richard’s Hospice has come a long way in the last 30 years. It was set up in 1984 by a handful of dedicated volunteers who believed there must be a better way to care for people at the end of their lives. This was part of a wider hospice movement founded by Dame Cecily Saunders who created the first hospice in the UK in 1967.
Over three decades St Richard’s has grown from a tiny group of people operating first from a private house in Droitwich and then from a small terraced house in Worcester, to a huge organisation with 220 staff and 912 volunteers supporting more than 2,600 patients a year from a beautiful purpose-built hospice on the outskirts of the City.
Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, over the past year we have been recording the memories and experiences of some of the people who were instrumental in creating St Richard’s. These interviews chart the development of the hospice from 1984 to the present day. The entire collection – over 30 hours of recordings – is available to listen to at the Worcestershire Record Office in The Hive.
Please spend a few minutes listening to some of our amazing stories. Our small oral history team has recorded interviews with a wide variety of people who’ve been involved with St Richard’s over the past three decades. These include doctors, nurses, administrators, governors, fundraisers, volunteers, patients and relatives.
If you click on the audio below, you will hear a mixture of voices talking about the development of St Richard’s. If you want to hear individual stories, click on the Our Voices tab.