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Air-drawn smile brightens up Worcester hospice patients day

Worcester Editorial 31st Jan, 2024   0

A SMILE was drawn in the sky especially for a patient being cared for at St Richard’s Hospice.

Aerobatic pilot Rich Goodwin created the sky-high spectacle for patient Ray Stanton, 66, an aeroplane enthusiast and former transportation engineer.

Ray, who lives in Worcester, enjoyed the show with his wife, Angela and children Sophie-Rae Byrne and Matthew Stanton.

Angela said: “To see the smile in the sky and then look at Ray’s smile was just fantastic.”

“I haven’t seen him smile for a while. The care here is above and beyond anything.”

Ray, who has cancer, has had a life-long passion for aircraft and transport.

His children fondly remember going to air shows and museums with their dad, where he would share his extensive knowledge with them.

Mike Wilkerson, chief executive at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “This was such a special moment for everyone watching. We feel privileged to have helped make it happen for Ray and his family.

“We would like to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to Rich for creating such precious memories for Ray, his family, and everyone who witnessed the smile in the sky.”

St Richard’s Hospice is an independent charity caring for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment to their last days and supporting those important to them.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,100 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

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