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Church festival boosts funds

21st January 2016

A new year boost of over £720 has been donated to St Richard’s Hospice.

The money was raised at the first Christmas Tree Festival of St John in Bedwardine Parish Church.

St Richard’s Hospice and other local businesses and organisations, each decorated a tree with a theme that represented the community of St John’s. The festival included a host of activities including a Christmas fayre, carol singing and breakfast with Santa Claus himself. Visitors were treated to concerts with St Richard’s Hospice Choir, Colla Voce and Worcester Concert Brass.

St Richard’s Fundraiser, Charlie Homer, said the hospice was delighted with the donation. “It’s wonderful to be supported by our local community in this way and we really appreciate their support. Every pound raised makes a difference to our patients and their loved ones. For example this donation could pay for a Day Hospice Nurse for six days.”

The Festival also raised funds for the church.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

Photo caption: Charlie Homer of St Richard’s , 3rd from left, with Tracey Ward, Sylvia Render, Rev Chris Stuart, Joy Job, Mary Jenkins, creative therapist at St Richard’s and Sandra Nash.

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.