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Dragonfly display takes flight in city centre

28th August 2019

More than 1,000 dragonflies have taken flight after forming an impressive, fortnight-long display in Worcester city centre.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to see the St Richard’s Hospice Celebration Garden for one last time before it was dismantled on Bank Holiday Monday.

Many of those visiting the display had donated to take one of the blue-and-green dragonflies home as a keepsake, often in memory of loved ones.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s, said: “We loved seeing our beautiful flight of dragonflies on display.

“But, we are even more pleased to know they will be going to homes where they will be admired and treasured for years to come.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign – including all the fantastic volunteers who helped us take down the display on a very hot Bank Holiday Monday.

“If you would like your own dragonfly, it’s not too late to donate for one as we have a limited number left. Just visit our website to find out more.”

To date, around 900 dragonflies have been bought – raising around £37,000 for St Richard’s, which is based in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

The funds raised by the campaign will help continue the hospice’s care to patients living with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

There is still a limited number of the sculptures, made by The British Iron Work Centre in Oswestry, available.

To donate for a dragonfly, visit www.strichards.org.uk/celebration-garden or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 958262.

The display was installed on Saturday, August 10 and followed the success of the charity’s previous Celebration Gardens featuring forget-me-nots in 2016 and snowdrops in 2018.

The St Richard’s Celebration Garden is sponsored by Western Power Distribution and supported by Worcester City Council. It also coincided with Worcester Festival.

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.