Business Patrons celebrate birthday

24th April 2015

St Richard’s Hospice’s Business Patrons Group celebrated its second birthday this week at its latest meeting.

Since its inception, the group of local business professionals has raised almost £34,000 to help the hospice continue to provide compassionate care for patients with life-threatening illnesses and support their loved ones.

The aim of the Business Patrons is to seek out opportunities and initiatives that would benefit St Richard’s and open new doors for fundraising across Worcestershire.

The Business Patrons hold informal meetings every few months to discuss ways of raising the profile of the hospice within the business community and arranges a series of fundraising events.

The group was formally launched at a special event at Stanbrook Abbey, near Malvern, in April 2013. Since then the group has organised a series of events in aid of the hospice, including a champagne and lobster evening, Bollywood event, Margaret Mountford lunch, a Zumbathon, Thai dinner, dinner and magic night and a trip to Cheltenham races.

The next event planned will be a barn dance held at Old Pound Farm, Peopleton, near Pershore, on 13th June. The evening is open to all with a pig roast, real ales and ciders and prizes for the best dressed country guy and girl.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We are a fun group. We promised from the start there wouldn’t be committee meetings or minute taking, just informal get-togethers where everyone’s opinions are valued. It has really worked and members of the group have become great friends over the past few years. We are very proud of the fantastic amount raised from the commitment of this small core of business individuals.”

The group is keen to meet potential new members who are able to contribute to the continued success of St Richard’s Hospice. Any companies who are interested in joining the group are invited to contact Rachel Jones at the hospice on 01905 763963 or to find out more.

Photo: The St Richard’s Hospice Business Patrons (L:R) Ian Vass, Jelf Clarke Roxburgh; Alison Pickerill, Peplow Jewellers; Chris Fleetwood, Pendragon Packaging; David Avery, Jelf Clarke Roxburgh; Julia Williams, Premier Places; Phil Humphreys, Pendragon Packaging; Andrea Borwell-Fox, Borwell Ltd; Anita Hennessey, Harrison Clark Rickerby’s; Paula Hill, E Hill & Son Funeral Directors


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.