Ball starts festive season with a swing

9th December 2016

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.


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

Photo credit Pinhole Images


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.