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Ball starts festive season with a swing

9th December 2016

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Three hundred guests enjoyed a night of dining and dancing to kick start the festive season at the annual St Richard’s Hospice Snowdrop Ball.

The glamorous event at Worcester Sixways raised over £26,000 for the independent charity to continue to offer free care to patients and their loved ones living with life-threatening illnesses.

Guests were treated to a delicious three course meal and then packed the dance floor to enjoy live music from local band Killerstream and a disco. The casino proved a hit and the auction raised a fantastic £8,500 led to auctioneer Will Kerton from Knight Frank.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “The Snowdrop Ball was a wonderful night of fun and celebration with a real party atmosphere. It’s a highlight of our events calendar and it’s great to meet old friends and new supporters in such a relaxed setting.”

Ms Jones added; “We are very grateful to Britannia Bennetts of Malvern and Gemini ARC who sponsored the event.  It’s a massive team effort and we would also like to all the companies involved,  everyone who donated items for the auction and raffle, Tesco for the welcome drink, and all the volunteers who helped make such a special night including those from Barclays and npower.”

sue-and-kevin-watkins-winner-of-text-gameLucky guest Kevin Watkins was the winner of the text raffle game, scooping £400 of shopping vouchers.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

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Phil Dowson and Zac Xiourouppa, Worcester Warriors; guest and winner of the text raffle game  Kevin Watkins, Donncha O’Callaghan of Worcester Warriors and guest Tim Hopkins from one of the event sponsors Gemini ARC

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