Crowds go quackers for river duck race

18th August 2015

A duck race from Worcester Bridge held last weekend has been hailed a success, raising £1,200 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The hospice’s annual duck race saw crowds cheer on hundreds of ducks as they raced from Worcester Quayside to the finish line alongside Worcester Cathedral on Saturday, 15th August.

The event, which takes place in association with Worcester Festival, was started by special mascot Puddle Duck who proved to be a clear winner with visiting families.

Hospice supporters adopted 233 ducks, raising £1,200. All proceeds from the race will help St Richard’s Hospice to provide care for patients with life-threatening illnesses and support for their families.

The winners of the race were Small Duck number 38, sponsored by Pat Rowberry from Malvern, and Large Duck number 1, sponsored by Fred and Lara Hill from Cheltenham. The winning fancy dress duck was Safari Duck.

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Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “Our annual duck race is always great fun and this year many people came along to sponsor a duck and cheer as hundreds of ducks were launched from the bridge into the river. We’d like to thank Worcester Festival and our sponsor Puddle Ducks, and of course all the families who cheered on the ducks towards the finish line. The money raised will pay for a patient to receive three days specialist care in our In-patient Unit.”

The St Richard’s Duck Race was kindly sponsored by Puddle Ducks.

Members of Water Rescue UK kindly supported the event, collecting all the ducks at the end of the race.


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.