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Cool gift of ice-cream

19th October 2015

Patients at St Richard’s Hospice have received a cool donation – a gift of 100 tubs of ice cream!

A local man, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently won a year’s supply of Jude’s ice cream in a national competition and decided to donate his win to St Richard’s Hospice which had cared for his mother several years ago.

The donor explained, “When I reflect back it’s a comfort to know the service they (the hospice) provides is priceless. The donation of my prize will be a comfort to the in-patients who find ingestion difficult during their final days. Chemotherapy and other medication can have a drying effect within the mouth and I’m sure the ice cream will be well received.”.

Kevin Ratcliffe, head of catering for St Richard’s said, ” This is a lovely gift which I’m sure will be very much appreciated by our patients. We go the extra mile to give our patients tasty and nutritious food which is palatable and easy to eat and for some, ice cream will be a perfect treat.”

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.