KEMP hospice in Kidderminster was started in 1969 by a prayer group in Wolverley and KEMP’s name came about as an acronym which originally stood for Kidderminster Ecumenical Mission Project. It is a day hospice, seeing between 14 - 16 patients each day, but also supports many more people through its family bereavement support service, which can be accessed by anyone in Wyre Forest.

Day Hospice Team Leader, Pip Nicholson said: “We are like a family here at the hospice. It can be quite a fearful time for people who come to us, but KEMP is not a sad place – it’s a place of peace and sanctuary where there is hope, love, support and laughter. We want to ensure that prayer and spirituality are at the heart of the hospice, and finding out what makes our patients smile and brings joy to their lives is a part of our initial assessment.” 

The Revd Alex Vaccaro is Associate Chaplain at the hospice. She said: “We have lots of different activities for the patients here – we’ve celebrated harvest and National Hospice Week as well as held themed weeks around the seaside and the circus. Chatting over the craft activities can often stimulate interesting conversations. Patients feel safe at the hospice and will ask questions they might be frightened to ask anywhere else. There’s also a place for traditional chaplaincy – lighting candles and saying prayers with patients. When someone dies we always hold an act of remembrance for the staff, volunteers and other patients, providing spiritual care for the whole hospice family.”

Please pray for all involved at KEMP hospice, whether as staff, volunteer or a patient. 

Droitwich Deanery - Rural Dean: Wyn Beynon; Lay Chair: Janet Bryan 

O God, who revealed your only Son to the Gentiles by the leading of a star, mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may after this life enjoy the splendour of your gracious Godhead, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen