Dash into the festive season

22nd October 2015

santa dash Jodi Brandwood of St Richard's dashes past Paul Barratt of Karndean and Maria Hughes of The Valley











Budding Santas are being invited to take part in a Santa Dash to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice.
Santas young and not so young can sign up to take part in the hospice’s fundraising event on Sunday 6th December at The Valley, Evesham (formerly the Evesham Country Park). The 5km multi-terrain route is suitable for all the family.
Santa suits will be provided to all participants to help everyone get into the seasonal spirit. Before the fun run starts, Santas can take part in a warm up activity which will be run by British Military Fitness.
Last year the hospice’s Santa fun run raised over £6,000 to help fund compassionate care for patients at the end of their lives, and support their loved ones. The St Richard’s Santa Dash is being sponsored by Karndean Designflooring, Evesham.
Paul Barratt, Managing Director at Karndean Designflooring, said; “We’re delighted to be doing our bit to support such a worthy cause, and at the same time encourage all to have some fun during the festive period. As a family run local company, we’ll be getting our staff and their families in the Christmas spirit by encouraging all to take part in the dash.”
The event is open to all ages, and offers the ideal opportunity for families to enjoy some fresh air and the lovely scenery around The Valley country park. However, due to the uneven surface, the route is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs. Administration fee is £12 for adults, £7 for under 18s and participants are asked to raise as much sponsorship as they can. Santas aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Santa dash left to right Maria Hughes from The Valley, Jodi Brandwood St Richard's Hospice and Paul Barratt Karndean
Jodi Brandwood, Community Fundraiser for St Richard’s Hospice said; “Our annual Santa run is always loads of fun and is a really great way to start your Christmas celebrations this year. What better way to get into the spirit of things than to dress up as Santa and take part in a bit of friendly competition as you walk, jog or run for a good cause.”
To find out more and to register visit

Photo caption:

(left to right) Jodi Brandwood of St Richard’s Hospice dashes past Paul Barratt MD of Karndean Designflooring and Maria Hughes, Centre Manager of The Valley

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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.
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