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Challengers Raise Over £12,000

23rd October 2014

Intrepid teams of Worcestershire workers and friends pulled out all the stops and raised thousands of pounds towards hospice care in the St Richard’s Paddle, Plod and Pedal Challenge.

All the sponsorship money has now been donated by the teams who took on the endurance challenge in July. The test included  paddling from Pershore to Tewkesbury, walking to Kempsey and pedalling back to Pershore.

plod-and-pedal-challenge-1Among those taking part were a team from Jaga Heating in Ledbury who raised £4,800 and QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright who raised £2,203. The In it to Win It team, a group of Worcestershire friends, raised £2,442 and Where’s the Finish? topped £2,719.

Jodi Brandwood from St Richard’s Hospice said, “The Paddle, Plod and Pedal is no easy feat at the best of times and this year, for the majority of the day, the weather decided to go against us!  For a few participants, this was the first time they had ever taken part in anything like this and to finish with beaming smiles in the very welcome sunshine was fantastic to see!  The team spirit that shone through on an otherwise grey day was amazing.  All four teams taking part this year have done an incredible job with their fundraising and we are extremely proud of them.”

The date has been sent for next year on Saturday, 18th July.

The team from Jaga Heating Products in Ledbury had been inspired to take on the challenge in memory of Paul Kingswell, who worked at the company as Commercial Manager for three years before he died at St Richard’s Hospice in February 2013.

Joyce Skelton, HR Manager from Jaga explained, “We wanted to support the hospice to recognise the compassionate care that Paul received at the end of his life. Despite the apocalyptic weather, the team had a great time competing in this challenge. It was stretching but we felt that we all pulled together and were raising money for a very worthwhile cause. “

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,550 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 16-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help them to continue their work.

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.