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Christmas arrives at St Richard’s

11th December 2018

Here at St Richard’s, our thoughts are turning to Christmas – which is now just a fortnight away.

We have been busy preparing for the festive season and the hospice is now decked out with garlands, glittering baubles and beautiful Christmas trees, donated by Webbs Garden Centres.

Our Christmas events calendar is looking especially jolly this year, with our fun Santa Dash lined up this weekend. As usual, our Christmas cards are on sale once again – but we’re also offering festive e-cards and Christmas posters for your workplace.

And you can also buy special gift cards for your loved ones – allowing you to make a donation in lieu of presents.

Christmas is a chance to come together with family and friends and celebrate the season, making memories to last the year round. However, we also know it can be a difficult time for many too.

When a loved one is nearing the end of their life and a family is facing what may be its last Christmas together – or if a person has recently lost someone special – the celebrations become even more important.

Each year, we work to make sure Christmas Day at the hospice is as homely and joyful as it can be for everyone here with us over the festive season.

When the 25th arrives, the hospice is busy with activity – patients, loved ones, staff and volunteers come together to enjoy the occasion.

We are grateful for our staff and volunteers all year round – but particularly at Christmas, when many swap spending the day with their families to care for our patients and their loved ones.

This would not be possible without the incredible support of our community here in Worcestershire and beyond who help fund our services, enabling us to care for so many. We are so grateful for the support we receive from all our donors and supporters.

If you would like to give a regular gift to St Richard’s, enabling us to plan for the future with confidence, visit our website www.strichards.org.uk/donate

From everyone here at St Richard’s, we wish you a very merry Christmas.

Tricia Cavell, Director of Fundraising, St Richard’s Hospice

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.