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Touching tribute paid to St Nicholas Hospice Care founder




A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at St Nicholas Hospice Care paying tribute to its founder, the Rev Canon Richard Norburn, who died in 2017.

Richard’s widow, Joyce, performed the unveiling of the plaque, which sits beside a meeting room also named after her husband.

She said: “It is quite emotional for me, it has grown from small beginnings, a small seed and has grown, not just upwards but also downwards with the belief and ethos we both believed in.”

Barbara Gale with Joyce Norburn in front of the plaque for Canon Richard Norburn
Barbara Gale with Joyce Norburn in front of the plaque for Canon Richard Norburn

The charity was set up after Richard, Rector of Ingham, saw a gap in help and support available for his terminally ill parishioners and with the help of Canon Sally Fogden started to form St Nicholas Hospice Care 35 years ago

Joyce said: “All we thought of was to begin with nursing care and medical care, but we soon realised that went into social care with the families of the people. We had no idea it would still be going strong 35 years later.”

Barbara Gale, CEO of the Hardwick Lane-based hospice organisation, also described Richard, during her speech to the guests of the ceremony, as being ‘innovative’ and ‘passionate’ about his vision when he set up the hospice.



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