A BOWEL cancer patient was able to relax in his first bath for two years, thanks to St Richard’s Hospice.

 Leslie Salmon, from Droitwich, is receiving care in the In-patient Unit of the hospice based in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

He had been unable to use a bath due to his mobility issues, so very much enjoyed a dip in the hydrotherapy pool with the help of health care assistant Clarissa North.

“I’ve been able to shower but this was my first bath for a couple of years and it was just brilliant, so relaxing,” he said.

 Mr Salmon and his wife Sylvia are full of praise for the care and support of St Richard’s.

“I came here to get help with acute sickness and I’ve picked up well and feel so much better," he said. "I know I can’t be cured but it’s quality of life that’s important and St Richard’s is helping me get that back.”

 As well as the care and support from a range of hospice teams, Mr Salmon said he was particularly in awe of the chef and kitchen staff.

As he is unable to eat solid food, the chef has been making him different flavoured consommé soups with tasters to try.

Mr Salmon said he is looking forward to be eating a bacon sandwich before he leaves and heads back to his home. 

“The place is absolutely fantastic and everyone is so nice,” he said. "It’s faultless.”

 St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and also supports their

loved ones, and helps more than 3,000 people in Worcestershire each year.

See strichards.org.uk for more.