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Thanking our amazing volunteers

Despite the difficult times we find ourselves in, all dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in our different ways, we didn’t want to miss this opportunity to mark national Volunteers’ Week and say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our fantastic volunteers. Throughout the year,  more than 900 volunteers underpin the work we do by giving their… Read more »

Hospice calls for complementary therapy volunteers

A city hospice is calling for volunteer therapists to support its complementary therapy team – helping make a difference to the lives of its patients. St Richard’s Hospice, in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, has a Complementary Therapy team of two staff and eight volunteers – supporting patients from across the county. Complementary Therapists offer treatments including… Read more »

My week’s work experience at St Richard’s Hospice

By Evie Pugh, sixth form student My week volunteering at St Richard’s Hospice has been brilliant! I’ve loved every bit of it. I started on Monday; the first thing I did was to get a tour of the hospice. It’s a lovely building, everything looks so new. There is a whole project underway, it’s called… Read more »

Hospice volunteer awarded medal for distinguished service

A dedicated volunteer who has spent over a decade serving a local hospice, has been honoured with a prestigious award. Colum MacCourt,  who lives in Droitwich, was nominated by St Richard’s Hospice to receive the accolade – which is titled Badge of the Order of Mercy – and recently received it at a special ceremony held… Read more »

Apprentices create garden haven for hospice

Many hands were making light work of a garden transformation at a Worcestershire hospice. Around 40 apprentices from Western Power Distribution set to work to turn a stony internal courtyard at St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester, into a delightful, therapeutic garden for patients and their families to enjoy. The WPD Apprentice Challenge workforce toiled through the… Read more »

‘Why I volunteer for St Richard’s Hospice’

“My heart is here and it always will be” – says a long-serving volunteer who continues to work in a hospice shop aged 99. And after more than a decade of volunteering for St Richard’s Hospice, Evesham-born Dorothy Barnett shows no sign of stopping. Mrs Barnett, who celebrated her birthday in January, is the hospice’s… Read more »

“I volunteer to help people” – Debbie’s story

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, from June 1st to 7th, we are sharing stories from just a few of the fantastic people who give up their time to support St Richard’s Hospice. Read Debbie’s Story Debbie Holt volunteers on our Reception at St Richard’s Hospice. She says: “It’s very busy on Reception – people are phoning… Read more »

“I feel we can make a difference” – Volunteers’ Week 2019

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, from June 1st to 7th, we are sharing stories from just a few of the fantastic people who give up their time to support St Richard’s Hospice. Read Sue’s story  Retired nurse Sue Perry volunteers with the hospitality team at St Richard’s – serving meals to people receiving care on the… Read more »

‘Why I volunteer for St Richard’s Hospice’

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, from June 1st to 7th, we are sharing stories from just a few of the fantastic people who give up their time to support St Richard’s Hospice. Read Gavin’s story Gavin Morris, a retired headteacher, began volunteering for St Richard’s Hospice at its Snowdrops shop in Broadway, after moving to the… Read more »

Hospice to celebrate ‘incredible’ volunteers

Celebrations are in order to champion the tireless work of around 900 volunteers at St Richard’s Hospice. During Volunteers’ Week, from June 1 to 7, the hospice will join hundreds of charities across the country to showcase the importance of voluntary work. Volunteers support every aspect of hospice life – from patient care to administration;… Read more »

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.