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Call for schools to support hospice snowdrop appeal

22nd May 2018

St Richard’s Hospice is encouraging local schools to plant swathes of snowdrops to help support its care.

A total of 8,000 bulbs have been donated by St Peter’s Garden Centre in Worcester – the third year that the centre has supported the hospice in this way.

Planting of the flower, which features in the hospice’s logo, takes place at the end of September and early October to ensure its flowering in spring.

The schools which take part will be able to enjoy the sight of new life every spring in their Forest Schools or school grounds, as the flowers begin to bloom. Typically, the snowdrop’s message is positive, signalling a message of hope.

Claire James, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We are thrilled to re-launch our snowdrop appeal again this year.

“The snowdrop is the symbol of St Richard’s, as this flower signifies hope at the beginning of spring.

“We would like to encourage as many schools as possible to get involved in this campaign which will not only benefit our patients and their families but also local schools and their grounds throughout Worcestershire.”

If local schools would like to take part in this project, please contact Claire James on 01905 763963, or visit www.strichards.org.uk/plant-a-snowdrop.

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.