Droitwich Anglers Hold Memorial Contest

31st October 2014

Droitwich Spa Angling Club held a memorial angling competition in September on the recently restored Droitwich Canal to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice.

The competition, which has become an annual event, was held in memory of Ted Gibbs, a long term member of the club and popular local angler. On the day, 45 anglers took part in the competition, which raised £325 to help the local hospice care for patients with life-threatening illnesses and support their families.

Ted Gibbs, who had lived in Droitwich for over 40 years and worked as an inspector at Droitwich firm Deritend Ltd, now called Doncasters Precision Castings, was cared for by St Richard’s Hospice before his death in 2013. His son, Mark Gibbs, and 12 year old granddaughter, Ella Gibbs, were delighted when the Droitwich Angling Club suggested organising a fundraising angling competition on the Droitwich Canal as he was a keen supporter of the restoration of the canal.

The Droitwich Canal, which was re-opened in 2011 after the Droitwich Canal Trust and the local community came together to restore the waterway which had fallen into disuse and disrepair over the previous 70 years.

Mike Sparks, a long-standing member of the club and friend of Ted Gibbs, was the winner of the event on the day having caught 12lbs 15oz of perch and silverfish.

Ted’s son, Mark Gibbs, said: “My daughter Ella, myself and the whole family would like to thank everyone who took part in the competition and raised such a fantastic amount of money to help St Richard’s look after other patients and their families. We’d also like to thank the staff at the Pillar of Salt, who supported us on the day.”

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.

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