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Christmas time at St Richard’s Hospice

4th December 2019

Read our monthly column for the Worcester News, on the theme of Christmas at St Richard’s Hospice:

Christmas is just around the corner and we are looking forward to celebrating the festive season at St Richard’s Hospice.

Decorations are going up, bringing plenty of Christmas cheer and sparkle to the building – including magnificent Christmas trees, kindly donated by Webbs Garden Centres.

2019 has been a busy year for St Richard’s, with plenty to be proud of, and thankful for, over the past 12 months.

With this in mind, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the tireless work and generosity of our volunteers, donors, supporters and staff throughout the year.

We are so grateful to those who give up their time, raise money, make donations and more to help support our many, varied services.

Thanks to this strong community support, we can plan for the future and look ahead to caring for more patients, loved ones and bereaved people across the county.

At this time of year, we rely on our dedicated staff and volunteers to help make Christmas as special as possible for those we care for.

Christmas day at St Richard’s is full of life and activity – presents are given and our kitchen team cooks a delicious meal, complete with all the trimmings.

We know Christmas can be an especially difficult and emotional time for those we care for.

When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, and a family is facing what might be their last Christmas together, the celebrations become even more precious.

We work to make sure Christmas Day at the hospice is as homely and joyful as possible for those who are with us at this special time.

This is only made possible thanks to staff and volunteers who swap spending Christmas at home to help make the day as joyful and homely as possible for patients and their families.

So once again, from all of us here at St Richard’s, thank you for your incredible support.

I wish everyone a peaceful and merry Christmas.

June Patel, Chief Executive of 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: 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.