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Community invited to celebrate with Big Get Together

18th October 2017

A community-spirited daughter is throwing a church birthday party in aid of the hospice which cared for her mum.

Anne Eyre, from St John’s, Worcester, has organised the free party at the Bromwich Road Mission Free Church as part of the Big Get Together – a national campaign raising money for local hospice care.

The family event, in aid of St Richard’s Hospice, will be held between 1pm and 3pm on Monday, 23rd October in celebration of the church’s 85th anniversary.

“I thought it would be good to celebrate the years the church has served the community by having a birthday party in support of another organisation which serves the community,” explained Mrs Eyre, aged 42.

Mrs Eyre’s mum Gillian Pat Barlow – who was known as Pat – was admitted to St Richard’s in June 2015, after being diagnosed with cancer.

Mrs Barlow was cared for at the hospice’s In-patient Unit and died aged 68 after celebrating her last birthday at St Richard’s.

“For me, the support I have received from St Richard’s has taught me at least as much about living well as it has about dying well,” said Mrs Eyre.

“My mum’s death was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me and was a life-changing experience but with the support of St Richard’s, I have been able to find ways to make my life more fulfilling too.

“Mum dying will never be a positive thing but being at St Richard’s enabled her to have a good death which still gives me enormous comfort – and the support I received helped me to shape a new life for myself without her in it.”

Following Mrs Eyre’s event, another Big Get Together will be held in aid of St Richard’s at Bredon Village Hall on Sunday, 12th November between 2pm and 4.30pm.

At the event, titled ‘A Day to Remember’ there will be tea, cake, a tombola and raffle boasting plenty of fantastic prizes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Anyone can hold a Big Get Together – from organising a coffee morning, curry night, or your usual Friday evening at the pub, the campaign is a simple way to help raise money for hospice care.

Get involved by calling the Fundraising team on 01905 763963, emailing Fundraiser Alice Brunt on abrunt@strichards.org.uk or visiting www.thebiggettogether.org.uk/hospice/strch

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.