End of Life Care

End of Life Care

A PhD student in Palliative Care has been funded thanks to a legacy from alumnus, Richard Walters 1952-2010.  (Pictured right.)

 

Richard died from cancer in 2010 aged, 57, leaving £17,000 to Lancaster University where he was a student of physics from 1971-1974. His widow, Alison, gave her own personal donation to top the amount up to £20,000. The money has enabled the creation of The Richard Walters Bursary in Palliative Care, funding a five-year, part-time distance learning PhD studentship in Palliative Care at the International Observatory on End of Life Care.

‌The bursary awardee, Debbie Hayden, is currently a lecturer at Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services in Dublin where she is doing the PhD by distance learning:

"This bursary means the difference between doing the PhD and not doing it, but meeting Alison makes it more special. I lost my mother recently so we both know how vital palliative care is." - Debbie Hayden

Alison Walters, Richard's widow, explains: "It has given Richard the opportunity to say thank you, as he would have wanted, to those wonderful people in palliative care who helped us then and have helped me since. This bursary honours their work. It has given a voice to a story to which I feel a responsibility, a personal tragedy with a universal message - medicine cannot cure all and high quality palliative care matters."

(Pictured right: Alison Walters with studentship recipient Debbie Hayden)

 

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