Chamber team to become superheroes for St Richard’s

26th May 2017

Intrepid colleagues are swapping their work-wear for capes as they prepare to take on the St Richard’s Hospice Superhero Challenge.

The nine-strong team from the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the challenge on Saturday 17 June at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus in Holt, near Worcester.

Alongside many others, the Chamber superheroes will complete a 5km walk or run with a difference – bouncing over a giant inflatable course, through tunnels, sploshing through a foam bath, navigating giant hammers and UV bubble pods before slipping down the Big Bertha Drop Slide.

Sharon Smith, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce, is taking part in the challenge, and said: “We’re delighted to be supporting St Richard’s Hospice by partaking in the Superhero challenge.

“This is definitely a challenge with a difference and we can’t wait to try out all the inflatable obstacles, as well as the foam bath, UV pods and whatever else the course will throw at us.

“Our team can’t wait to take part in what not only looks to be an exciting and unique event, but one which will also raise valuable money to support those known to us living with life-limiting illnesses.”

Several members of the group have had family members, or friends, cared for by St Richard’s – or have benefited from the hospice’s support themselves.

The team hopes to raise £1,000 for St Richard’s Hospice, and to make a donation visit

Rachel Jones, fundraising manager at St Richard’s, said: “We’re so excited about the Superhero Challenge, we’ve never done an event like this before and we can’t wait to see everyone taking on the 10 giant inflatables and foam galore.

“We have had nearly 600 people sign up so far and there are so many lovely stories about why people are taking part and celebrating their superheroes in their life.

“It is great to see so many teams like the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce getting involved – so if you’re not already booked in, encourage your work colleagues to join in the fun and enter a team too.”

Places are limited to 50 per time slot – which are every 15 minutes between 10.00am and 4.00pm – with a minimum height restriction of 123cm, anyone 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Those with medical conditions or skin allergies are advised not to take part in the event.

The event is kindly being sponsored by A44 Tyre Shop.

Participants are asked to pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 or more to help St Richard’s continue to offer free care to patients and their loved ones.

Adult before 9 June ­– £30 + £2.27 admin fee;

Child before 9 June – £25 + £1.99 admin fee.

To register go to For further information please call 01905 763 963.

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.