Brave fundraiser takes on skydive for hospice

22nd September 2017

IMG_4811A brave 20-year-old soared to dizzying heights for a fundraising skydive in support of the hospice which cared for her granddad.

Cheered on by her mum and dad, Lauren Richards took the plunge from 13,000ft on Sunday, 17th October and has so far raised more than £650 for St Richard’s Hospice, based in Worcester.

Lauren, who lives in Redditch, was moved to do the skydive after her granddad, from Worcester, was cared for by St Richard’s following his cancer diagnosis in 2016.

She said: “They were absolutely incredible caring for him and the support we were given was faultless during his illness and in his final days.

“It was fantastic how the hospice provided him with everything he needed and were also able to ensure he could stay at home where he was most comfortable rather than in a hospital.

“The skydive itself was amazing. The feeling of free-falling from 13,000 feet out of a plane was completely exhilarating and when the parachute was released, it was beautiful being able to glide back down whilst admiring the 360 degree views!”

Lauren was one of four daredevil fundraisers taking on a skydive in aid of the hospice over the weekend.

St Richard’s is offering daredevil fundraisers the chance to take part in a Santa Skydive challenge this December. The skydive will take place at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airfield on Saturday, 9th December.

There is still time to book your spot. Call the Fundraising team on 01905 763963 or visit

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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.