Big Band Celebration

27th October 2014

A special ‘Big Band’ event on Saturday, 18th October, featuring the unique sound of the West Midland Light Orchestra, has raised over £2,200 for St Richard’s Hospice.

More than 170 local music lovers enjoyed a toe tapping evening of song and dance at a special charity concert hosted by the Bank House Hotel, Bransford. The West Midland Light Orchestra, which offered its services free of charge for the fundraising event, delighted the audience with a range of music and song from the films and stage shows of the 1930s to 1970s.

The 65 piece orchestra offered a unique sound, comprising a big band as well as a 20 piece string, reed and horn section, which was joined by singers Garry Holloway, Rebecca Grace and Claire Worboys. The audience was delighted with arrangements by the likes of Rogers and Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, and Harold Arlen.


Mrs Christine Inight, from Worcester, who attended the event said; “We were thrilled when we heard that the West Midland Light Orchestra was coming to Worcester, and were not disappointed with the evening. It was a great atmosphere and we thoroughly enjoyed the music – everybody got up and danced!”


Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser for St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We would like to thank both the Bank House Hotel and the West Midland Light Orchestra for supporting this event, and giving their services free of charge. Tickets for the event sold out very quickly, and raised a total of £2,256 which will be used to help St Richard’s continue to offer care to patients at the end of their lives, and support their families. We are delighted that everyone had such a great evening and would like to thank all those involved for their support.”


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


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.

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.