Chief executive flies high for hospice

10th November 2017

A brave hospice chief executive took to the skies in a daring aerobatic challenge to raise money for end-of-life care.

June Patel, Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice, enjoyed an exhilarating loop-the-loop ride with Take Flight Aviation, based at Wellesbourne Airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

After an exhilarating flight – climbing, diving, rolling and looping-the-loop in mid-air – Mrs Patel safely landed and has raised hundreds of pounds for the Worcester-based hospice.

“To anyone who wants to do this – it’s absolutely amazing, the view is tremendous, it’s real fun and just try and test yourself to do something outrageous,” said Mrs Patel, who became Chief Executive of the hospice in June 2017.

“You’ll know that St Richard’s cares for people at the end of their life and the organisation is very dependent on fundraising – so every penny that you raise for St Richard’s really does make a difference. Thank you so much for your support.”

Daredevil fundraisers can now sign-up to take on the same challenge in aid of St Richard’s in February 2018.

The challenge will take place on Saturday, 10th February, at Take Flight Aviation in Wellesbourne Airfield.

The experience will include an aerobatic flight, with loops and rolls, while the whole ride will be recorded by a Go-Pro camera for photo and video keepsakes.

Jodi Brandwood, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “The loop-the-loop challenge is a fantastic opportunity to do something different – and very memorable – all in aid of our hospice care.

“If you’ve been inspired by June’s loop-the-loop challenge, why not sign-up and experience it for yourself?”

A video of Mrs Patel’s flight can be watched online at

To sign-up for the challenge, which is taking place next year, visit Alternatively, call the Fundraising team on 01905 763963 or email

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.