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Crowdfunder supports families at Christmas

20th December 2016

Christmas is such a special time of year; a time for sharing happy moments with family and friends, but families that have lost a loved one can find this a particularly lonely and isolating time.

Will you donate to help us provide care and support to families at this difficult and emotional time, helping them cope with their grief? Your donation could help children and families come to terms with losing a loved one and help them find joy again in this special time of year.

Please watch our Christmas Crowdfunding video and hear from family members who have been supported by our family support team and why we are raising funds to pay for our family support team to care for bereaved children and their families this Christmas.

St Richard’s family support team offers children and other family members the opportunity to express their feelings in a safe and comfortable environment and to talk about their memories of their loved one. We offer a range of support, including one-to-one and family counselling and groups where bereaved children and family members can talk to others in similar situations and work through their emotions with our specialist bereavement family support workers.

Your donation will help us give bereaved children and families the care and support they need to get through this most difficult time, safe in the knowledge that our family support team will be here for as long as they need them.

Please visit our Christmas Crowdfunding appeal to find out more.

 

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.