Pupils Provide Poetry to Local Hospice
02 Oct 2023

Mandy Reynolds, Ward Manager at Severn Hospice with her Words of Comfort booklet from pupils at St Matthew’s C of E (Aided) Primary School and Nursery Centre in Donnington Wood.

Patients, families, and visitors at Severn Hospice are being given added comfort by kind-hearted primary school pupils who have donated specially written poems for them to read.

11-year-old pupils from last year’s Class 6KS at St Matthew’s C of E (Aided) Primary School and Nursery Centre in Donnington Wood, Telford sent a selection of hand-written poems to a local hospice with the aim of giving comfort and joy to those within their care.

Inspired by the work of poet, writer, lyricist and musician Benjamin Zephaniah, pupils focused on one of their three school values ‘Respect’ and wrote the poems to lift the spirits of residents and patients in local care homes and hospices.

Staff at the hospice said they were extremely touched to receive three poems and as a result have decided to share these in a special booklet which will be available to patients, their families and friends and carers at their Shrewsbury and Telford hospices.

The poems highlight the importance of human connection and how people rely on one another each day.

“It’s incredibly heart-warming to know that we are in the thoughts of our youngest citizens and that they wanted to provide comfort through poetry,” said Mandy Reynolds, Ward Manager at Severn Hospice.

“I know the poems will provide great warmth to those within our care, and amongst our staff too.”

Each year, Severn Hospice provides care and support to thousands of people living with incurable illness in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, and Mid Wales. This support is free of charge but is not without cost. It has to raise £2 of every £3 it spends, and this comes from its lottery, fundraising and donations. 

Its care goes beyond wards and provides not only for clinical needs but also gives emotional, spiritual, and therapeutic support. Poetry and mindfulness are part of that approach, and it has dedicated a channel to poems on its YouTube platform. Poets were asked to donate words that would lift spirits, aid comfort, and help those in time of reflection.

The online poems, spoken by the poets themselves, are available on the hospice’s YouTube channel: Severn Hospice.