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Annual tree spectacular to support hospice

2nd December 2015

An evening of festive family fun was on offer for visitors to Inkberrow last Sunday, 29th November.

Each year, Avril Rowlands and her husband Chris decorate a fir tree in their front garden with festive lights and hold a special charity evening to celebrate the switch on. Visitors who enjoy the lights over the festive season are invited to make a charity donation.

This year, the Rowlands have chosen to support St Richard’s Hospice, which offers specialist care to patients at the end of their lives and supports their loved ones.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the family’s home in Poplar Piece, Inkberrow, to cheer as the 1,000 light extravaganza was switched on by St Richard’s Specialist Nurse Sue Thurston and family friend Janice Swan, whose husband was cared for by the hospice.

Visitors also enjoyed coffee and mince pies, a fireworks display, music from a fairground organ and a steam traction engine display.

The lights will be switched on each night until Wednesday 6th January. The display is free for all and donations for St Richard’s Hospice will be gratefully received.

Avril Rowlands said; “It all started when we planted a Christmas tree in our front garden 37 years ago. Each year since then we have decorated the tree with lights and, as it grew larger, many people came to see it so we decided to raise money for charity. The tree is now 48 feet high! Last year we raised £1,500 and so we are hoping to exceed this amount this year.”

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.