Auction of promises to help hospice

26th June 2018

An auction of promises has raised thousands of pounds for a local hospice.

St Richard’s Hospice has been donated an impressive £17,625 following an event at The Elms School in Colwall.

Organised by a committee of ladies the event – which took place on Saturday 16 June – was attended by more than 120 people and included a prosecco reception and pig roast.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manger at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We are absolutely delighted that after months of planning and a great deal of hard work, the committee put on a splendid evening and an incredible £17,625 was raised for our patient care.  Their motivation for organising the event was as a result of the ladies attending our Christmas lunch where they learnt we have to raise £8million each year to provide the free care and support to patients and their families.  We are so delighted that they went onto organise this event for us.  Everyone who came along was so keen to support the hospice and we would like to thank everyone who bid in the auction and gave so generously to the raffle, as well as everyone who donated items and supported the evening in so many ways.  The committee – as well as the support they received from their families and friends – should be congratulated for such a successful event, raising such a tremendous amount for St Richard’s.”

Some of the promises included a weekend in London, 2 tickets for Centre Court at Wimbledon, 2 weeks in a holiday home in South Africa, a day at Malvern Spa for 2 and a day’s fly fishing.

Jane Poels from the organising committee said : “Thanks to the enormous amount of guidance from the St Richard’s fundraising team, we were able to organise a very enjoyable evening at The Elms School in Colwall, including a hog roast and entertainment by magicians, culminating in a very successful auction of promises.  We are delighted to have raised so much money for the wonderful work done by St Richard’s and would like to say a huge thank you to all who contributed to the event and helped make the evening such a success.”

Thanks goes to the school who gave the venue for free; children and husbands of the committee members also helped with car parking duties, bar work and auctioneering.

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.