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Dedicate a light in memory of loved ones

1st November 2017

Hundreds of twinkling lights will be lit in memory of loved ones at a range of moving hospice services this winter.

In the weeks leading to Christmas, there will be five St Richard’s Hospice Lights of Love services – offering the community a place to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

The first two services will be held at Worcester Cathedral on Friday, 10th November, at 2.30pm and 7pm*.

The evening service will be followed by a procession to St Andrew’s Spire where a Christmas tree will be illuminated, full of dedicated lights of love.

Services will then be held at the Sacred Heart Church, in Droitwich, on Tuesday, 14th November, Pershore Abbey on Thursday, 30th November and Great Malvern Priory on Tuesday, 5th December.

A special Carols in the Car Park event – featuring a brass band and festive sing-along – will be held on Thursday, 21st December at St Richard’s Hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

lol-small-logoCharlie Homer, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “These moving, community services are deeply comforting for the people who attend. Many guests have had family or friends cared for by the hospice.

“We find each service unites people in their shared experience of missing a loved one, while providing support and solace through lighting a candle and taking time to reflect.

“Last year, nearly 3,000 names were dedicated and £43,000 was raised to help support our specialist care to people living with life-limiting illnesses, their families and bereaved people across Worcestershire. We are so grateful for the continued support of the community.”

Anyone is welcome to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one and attend a Lights of Love service if they wish – not simply those who have a connection to St Richard’s.

The dedicated names will be displayed in alphabetical order around St Andrew’s Spire and in books of remembrance at Worcester Cathedral, Pershore Abbey, Sacred Heart Church in Droitwich and Great Malvern Priory.

The names will be updated three times on Friday, 10th November, Thursday, 30th November and Friday, 22nd December.

All dedicated names will also be added to an online book of remembrance on a weekly basis. To view the book visit www.strichards.org.uk/lightsoflove

If requested, dedicated names will also be printed in the Worcester News on Wednesday, 20th December.

If you would like to make a dedication please go online to www.strichards.org.uk/lightsoflove or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 763963.

Lights of Love is sponsored by Andrew Grant.

  • *Please note the Cathedral services will take place on Friday, 10th November, not Friday, 3rd November as stated in our Heartbeat magazine. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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.