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Auctioneer wins tough TV quiz for hospice

29th December 2017

A local auctioneer and antiques expert won Celebrity Mastermind to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

Philip Serrell, who is a patron of St Richard’s, put his knowledge to the test in the tough gameshow, which was broadcast on BBC1 shortly after Christmas.

The Bargain Hunt and Flog It! auctioneer won the highest score in both the specialist round and general knowledge section – going on to accept the coveted trophy from quizmaster John Humphrys.

Mr Serrell said: “It was a terrifying experience but it was a wonderful opportunity to support St Richard’s Hospice, not only financially but also raising awareness of the charity on a national scale.”

The prize money of £3,000 will support the hospice to continue its specialist care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “We are thrilled Philip won Celebrity Mastermind – it certainly made exciting viewing! We are grateful for his generous and continued support of our care.”

Mr Serrell will be actioneer at the Worcester Stands Tall auction event this October, in which decorated giraffe sculptures will be sold to raise money for St Richard’s.

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.