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Boy wears shorts for 365 days to support hospice

7th February 2020

A 10-year-old schoolboy is swapping trousers for shorts in a year-long challenge to raise funds for the hospice which cared for his aunt.

Liam Ingram, from Worcester, is over a month into the unusual challenge – and intends to wear shorts every day of the year, whatever the weather.

The youngster is raising money for St Richard’s Hospice, which cared for his aunt Mel Baker before she died in 2014.

“I wanted to do something a bit different to raise money so decided on this,” said Liam, who is a pupil at Perdiswell Primary School.

“I just want to do something for my Auntie Mel as I miss her a lot and like to remember her. I’m looking forward to the challenge but hoping we don’t have snow as it might be a bit cold in my shorts!”

Liam’s challenge is the latest in a long list of fundraising events by the Ingram family in support of St Richard’s.

Jay Ingram, Liam’s 11-year-old brother, has completed various sponsored events including swimming, cycling and even a sponsored silence.

Liam’s mum, Sabrina Ingram, said: “Jay made us really proud with what he started and now Liam is carrying it on. He is a determined little boy.

“Liam was only five when he lost his auntie. He does remember coming to St Richard’s to visit which is why it is really important for him to continue supporting the amazing work the hospice does.

“It has been a difficult few years, but it is really good to keep my sister-in-law’s memory alive and to raise money to help others who are going through what we went through.”

The money raised by Liam will help St Richard’s continue to provide its free care to patients with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.

Rachel Jones, fundraising manager at St Richard’s, said: “We absolutely love Liam’s imaginative challenge. We wish him all the best for the year ahead and hope he doesn’t get too chilly in the winter months!

“It is so heart-warming to see such a young fundraiser so dedicated to supporting the hospice care we provide. We are very grateful to Liam – and his family – for their tireless fundraising for St Richard’s.”

To support Liam with a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/sabrina-ingram4

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.