We are grateful for the support of our Patrons:
Mr Andrew Grant DL
Andrew Grant is a previous High Sheriff of Herefordshire and Worcestershire (2005-6) and the Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire since 2006. He is a former Governor and now Patron of St Richard’s Hospice. Mr Grant was Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for the New Hospice Appeal. He regularly fundraises for the hospice with clay pigeon shoots at his home raising some £130,000.
Mr Grant is the owner of Andrew Grant Estate Agency business in the West Midlands. He holds a wide range of positions including Ambassador for the Elizabeth Fitzroy Charity, governor of Worcester and Dudley Historic Church Trust; Trustee of Worcestershire Community Foundation; Honorary Vice President of Worcestershire Red Cross; Knight of British and Military Sovereign Order of Malta; President of Worcester City Conservative Association and member of the board of the CLA.
Jean, Lady Huntington-Whiteley
Has been connected with St Richard’s for many years. Now retired, she was a regional director with Lloyds Bank, a magistrate and worked for St John’s Ambulance for ten years. Lady Huntington-Whitely was also a Trustee of the Royal Worcester Hospital and has contributed to Meals on Wheels.
Mr Jim Lewis
Jim Lewis has served as a Patron for more than ten years, principally concerned with Ladies Day at Worcester Races. Jim is particularly noted for being the owner of thrice Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate and also Edredon Bleu. He sponsored the building of The Best Mate Room at St Richard’s which is used for family support. He now lives in the Yorkshire Dales with his wife Jennifer.
Miss Patricia Routledge CBE
In 1989, at the invitation of Mrs Elizabeth Tweddell, Patricia Routledge had the pleasure of performing her one woman show, ‘Come for the Ride’, at the Huntingdon Hall in aid of the early appeal for St Richard’s Hospice and has followed the course of its development with great interest ever since. She became a Patron in 1988.
Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire she has felt drawn to this part of the country since first visiting it as a schoolgirl with her parents and is always delighted to play at Malvern in any touring theatre production. Known to millions throughout the world as the redoubtable Hyacinth in ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ and as the elderly sleuth in ‘Hetty Wainthropp Investigates’, she is one of Britain’s most distinguished actresses, regarded for her work in theatre, film, television and radio for which she has received many awards.
In 1999 the University of Liverpool, of which she is a graduate, conferred upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, as did the University of Lancaster, in 2008. Awarded the OBE in 1993 for Services to the Performing Arts, Patricia was created CBE in 2004, for Services to Drama.
Mr Philip Serrell
Worcestershire born and educated Philip is a chartered surveyor and auctioneer. He runs his own sale room in Malvern with an office in Worcester. Philip is also a television broadcasting favourite, regularly appearing on shows such as Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, Put Your Money… and Flog It! He has a passion for cars with an Aston Martin being a real favourite.
Philip is an active supporter of St Richard’s, frequently giving his services as an auctioneer at events and recently leading a team in the Worcester half marathon which raised over £10,000 towards hospice care.
Mrs Sonia Woolven
Sonia has been a Patron of St Richard’s Hospice since 2008. Sonia had spent 10 years on the faculty of Ohio State University then moved to New York City and was part of the management team for Atari, a Warner Brothers subsidiary. In 1985 on returning to the UK she worked in the City for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Sonia moved to the Cotswolds from London in 1997 and soon after became involved with the work of St Richard’s taking on the role of chairman of the Broadway Fundraising Group. Sonia, with her dedicated team of supporters, helped to raise significant sums for the hospice and later for the new hospice appeal. In 2000 Sonia was invited to join the Board of Governors, where she contributed to the strategy and governance of the hospice for eight years. When Sonia stepped down from the board she accepted the role of Patron and continues to organise and host fundraising events.
Mrs Rosalie Dawes MBE
A Justice of the Peace for over 26 years and a retired member of the Gloucester Prison Board of Visitors, Rosalie Dawes has been involved in the management of schools, both in the maintained and independent sectors for over 30 years . She was a board member of the Malvern Festival for 10 years. Rosalie was a member of the St Richard’s New Hospice Appeal and was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Years Honours list. Rosalie has been a Patron of St Richard’s since 2006.
Mr Colin Kinnear OBE
Colin was Founder and Chairman of CryoService Limited, for over 40 years. He was awarded a Fellowship of the University of Worcester in 2009, and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015.
Mrs Louise Hewett
Louise Hewett, founder and Managing Director of Hewett Recruitment has been a huge advocate of the hospice for many years and, since being awarded Worcestershire Business Woman of the Year in 2000, has supported the hospice on many of their annual projects including the annual Worcester Full and Half Marathon and the Midnight Walk including raising £30,000 for the hospice to celebrate her 25th year in business. Louise Hewett is a past Chairman of the Worcestershire Ambassadors and is also involved actively with many other charitable projects across the county including holding the post of Director & Trustee for the Warriors Community Foundation and a previous Trustee for the Worcestershire Community Foundation. Louise is well known in her industry and is a Director for the recruitment industry’s national body the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, is patron of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Fellow of the University of Worcester.
Louise received the Pride of Worcestershire Award for her contributions to the community and charitable work in 2010.
Jeanie Young MBE – Founding governor
Jeannie Young’s connection with St Richard’s goes right back to it’s inception in 1982. Jeannie was at the very first meeting at St Andrew’s Church in Droitwich. She says that the idea of finding a better way to look after sick and dying patients and their families left her feeling truly energised. Jeannie had herself trained as a nurse and later a midwife in hospitals in Birmingham and Worcester. Jeannie married a farmer, Rob Young, and they were both involved in St Richard;s in it’s earliest days. Jeannie was a governor for 25 years, including 6 years as Chairman of the governors. She steered St Richard’s through many phases including the move to Castle Street and Rose Hill; the setting up of the education unit; the creation of the first hospice shop in Mealcheapen Street in Worcester and finally the capital appeal for, and the building of, the bedded unit in Wildwood Drive. In designing the new building, Jeannie and Care Director at time, Rachel Bucknell, toured the country visiting countless hospices gaining advice for our own build. Jeannie remained Chairman of the Hospice Services Committee until 2010 when she retired and became a Patron in 2012.
During her time at St Richard’s Jeannie was honoured to receive the League of Mercy award for services to the community in 1999. The Worcester Rotary Club honoured Jeannie with their Paul Harris fellowship (usually reserved for men) in 2009. Jeannie was Worcestershire Woman of the Year in 2007 and became an Ambassador of Worcestershire in 2007. She was awarded the honour of MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s Honours of 2009.
Jeannie says: “All of these honours I share with Team St Richard’s of whom I am so proud to have represented.”
Mr Barney Price
Mrs Ann Price