Cyclists invited to ‘saddle up’ for hospice care

22nd May 2019

Cyclists are being invited to saddle-up and take on a hospice fundraising challenge this summer.

St Richard’s Hospice, in Worcester, is holding its Bikeathon event on Sunday, June 30 – challenging cyclists to either a 16, 45 or 64-mile route.

Kelly Johns, hospice fundraiser, said: “We can’t wait for the return of our Bikeathon event this June.

“It’s always a really fun event, with a challenge for a variety of ages and abilities.

“All the routes take in picturesque countryside, along mainly quiet lanes and bike routes.

“We’re encouraging everyone who takes part to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice, to help fund our free care to patients and loved ones.”

Each route starts and finishes at the hospice in Wildwood Drive and the two longer rides will be timed.

The 16-mile route passes through villages including Kempsey and Pirton; the 45-mile route takes in Eckington and Pershore and the 64-mile route travels as far as Snowshill and Broadway.

Last year, 250 participants took on the challenge and raised £20,000 for the hospice.

For the fourth-year running, the Bikeathon is sponsored by Tewkesbury-based Midland Communications.

To book your place for the Bikeathon, visit

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.