It’s nearly that time of year when nurses here at St Richard’s would usually dig out the Christmas tinsel and baubles and start to decorate the In-patient Unit.
Each year, they do a fantastic job of making the hospice as homely and inviting as they can, so patients and their families can relax and make the most of the hours spent together.
This year, due to the restrictions in place to keep everyone safe around coronavirus, we will be doing some things a little differently but making the time just as precious. Instead of Christmas trees and decorations inside the In-patient Unit, we will be creating a winter wonderland – with the help of generous local businesses – in the hospice gardens. Patients and their loved ones will be able to stay in the warm inside and enjoy the sparkling, festive vision through the large windows in their individual rooms.
The hospice teams will be here to support our patients and families at home in the Worcestershire community throughout Christmas. Specialist nurses will be on the end of a phone or a video call 24/7 and our community team will visit at home when they are clinically needed.
We’re running our virtual Living Well services right up to Christmas including some social get-togethers online during the festive season: even more important this year when loneliness and isolation is an issue for many.
There is always a huge feeling of love around the hospice, and if it’s possible, an even more shared joy than usual at Christmas.
There is simply no way we could do all this without the support of you and other kind-hearted people like you. The fundraising climate is challenging, but we’ve been heartened by the generous support of our community through the pandemic so far.
Despite this, we continue to need help to fund our care for the future. Any donation you feel able to give could help us continue to offer our care and support, and we will be very grateful if you feel it’s possible to give in your circumstances.
With every wish of happiness and joy from the St Richard’s Hospice family to yours.