Celebrity lunch supports hospice

10th April 2015

Margaret Mountford and guests

Margaret Mountford, well known for her role in BBC’s The Apprentice, shared stories about her career and television appearances at a special lunch, raising over £6,500 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The event, supported by St Richard’s Hospice’s business patrons, also included a fundraising auction hosted by Phillip Serrell, local auctioneer and TV personality from shows such as BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

The event was fully booked, and 135 people enjoyed a lovely lunch provided by Worcestershire County Cricket Club, after which Mrs Mountford answered questions about her career, interests and The Apprentice.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We were incredibly lucky to secure such a high profile business icon to talk to us and Margaret was such a fantastic speaker. Guests asked Margaret many probing questions about her career and of course a few cheeky ones about her time as a judge on The Apprentice. We have received great feedback about the event and we are delighted that the day raised such a fantastic amount to help the hospice care for patients and their families.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported us and helped us make the day such a huge success. In particular, we would like to thank Margaret for giving up her time, as well as Dave Bradley from BBC Hereford and Worcester for compering the question and answer session and Phillip Serrell for conducting the auction. We would also like to thank event sponsors HallmarkHulme and npower who matched the raffle with an additional donation of £1,000.”

Photo (photography kindly donated by FT Images): Rebecca Widdowson, Hallmark Hulme; Margaret Mountford; Tricia Cavell, St Richard’s Hospice; and Philip Serrell


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.