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Date: 04/09/2014

St Richard’s Hospice has welcomed an additional communications and engagement specialist to support the charitable organisation.

Cat Ainsworth will provide additional support for Helen Griffee who has been the hospice’s Communications Manager for the last ten years. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in social marketing and change communications, with over ten years’ experience across the public sector.

Having grown up in Malvern and now living in Worcester, Cat has strong links with the local community and knows many families that have been supported by St Richard’s Hospice and comforted through their bereavement.

She said: “I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to get involved with such a worthwhile local charity. I am looking forward to being able to support the teams as they offer care and compassion to patients and families that need them. The whole team has made me feel very welcome and I am humbled and inspired by their dedication.”

Helen Griffee said: “We are delighted to welcome Cat to the team and are already benefitting from her experience of encouraging people to get involved. As we both work part-time, we will now be able to offer communications support across the working week.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,400 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if they so choose, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help them to continue their work.

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