7th Jun, 2020

Hospice chiefs hope ‘legacy bench’ will tackle taboos around death

Rob George 11th May, 2019

A TRAVELLING bench aimed at opening up conversations around death is set to arrive outside Worcester Cathedral.

The painted ‘Legacy Bench’, belonging to St Richard’s Hospice, will be in place in the cathedral’s West Garden from Wednesday (May 15) for a week.

From there, it will travel to different places across the city during 2019 – with its locations revealed via the hospice’s social media channels.

Tricia Cavell, fund-raising director at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We hope people will use our beautiful bench as a chance to take some time out: to sit and reflect on what they’d like their ‘legacy’ to be in the world.

“Maybe you’d like to be remembered for your kindness to others, or bravery – or simply your smile!

“This forms part of our wider work in getting people thinking and talking about death and bereavement – ultimately helping to break down taboos around this subject and preparing for the end-of-life.

The bench has been decorated by Worcester Stands Tall artist Katie Hodgetts, who painted the hospice’s giraffe Snowdrop.

Ms Hodgetts has used the same blue-and-white snowdrop design she created to cover her giraffe – adding in poignant lines of poetry and words.

The hospice is also raising funds for the Build 2020 Appeal and is part way through developing a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3million.

Visit www.strichards.org.uk for more.


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