13th Apr, 2021

Building a dream into reality

Rob George 20th Mar, 2021

A COUNTY hospice is celebrating the completion of a £5.2million building project and giving ‘a huge thank you’ to kind-hearted supporters who helped make the vision become a reality.

St Richard’s Hospice embarked on the Build 2020 Appeal to grow hospice care for Worcestershire three years ago and construction work was able to continue throughout the pandemic with COVID-secure measures in place.

Malvern-based construction company, Speller Metcalfe, completed stage two of the building programme and with John Christophers of Birmingham-based Associated Architects, officially handed back the development to the retiring Chair of Governors, John Bawden and hospice chief executive June Patel this week.

Mr Bawden, who steps down from his role at the end of this month after 17 years of dedicated service to the hospice, said he was incredibly proud of the build project and the benefits it would bring to patients and families across Worcestershire.

“I’ve been honoured to work on the Build 2020 project and it’s been a massive team effort with hospice staff, supporters, volunteers and the community coming together to achieve a fantastic result,” he said.

“Now we have a bigger hospice we can better support our current patients and reach the unmet need of thousands of local people in the future, offering the right care and support when they need it most.”

The extended and renovated hospice now includes The Green, pictured, in the central courtyard at the heart of the hospice and which will be a place to meet others, connect, relax, support, sit and eat for patients, families and carers as well as visitors to enjoy.

The Green is surrounded by Living Well therapy rooms including an exercise studio, art studio, horticultural therapy room, hair salon, family support rooms as well as an occupational therapy training kitchen and music and film therapy room.

The bigger, multi-purpose spaces will mean St Richard’s can support more patients and their families and offer a wider choice of activities to help people manage their illness, such as sessions to cope with breathlessness and fatigue; exercise-based groups and therapies which can increase confidence and independence; bring relief from symptoms; reduce stress, anxiety and depression as well as improve sleep.

Mrs Patel said the government’s roadmap to easing lockdown in England offers the hospice team a chance to look ahead and plan how they might safely welcome out-patients, loved ones, volunteers and visitors back to the hospice.

“We are keen to welcome everyone in to see this stunning new building and make use of its fantastic spaces as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Visit www.strichards.org.uk for more.

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