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Christmas comes to St Richard’s Hospice

15th December 2017

The festive decorations are up and St Richard’s Hospice has been filled with yuletide cheer for Christmas.

The award-winning Webbs Garden Centres has donated four real trees to deck the In-patient Unit and reception at the hospice in Wildwood Drive.

Staff and volunteers set straight to decorating the trees when they arrived, giving the hospice a homely, festive feel.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “Thank you to Webbs for these wonderful gifts – the trees make the hospice feel so festive and welcoming at this time of year.

“It makes all the difference to patients and their families, helping them to enjoy the Christmas season.”

Webbs has also donated a tree for the hospice’s Carols in the Car Park event on Thursday, 21st December.

Carols in the Car Park is the last event of this year’s Lights of Love campaign, which has seen thousands of names dedicated in memory of loved ones.

Everyone is welcome to the event, which starts from 6pm. For more information about the event visit strichards.org.uk/carols-in-the-car-park/

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.