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Extra walkers take on challenge despite the heat

16th July 2018

Walkers who took part in an annual 31 mile walk in soaring temperatures earlier this month have raised more than £30,000 for a local charity.

160 walkers registered for The Worcestershire Way Walk, organised by St Richard’s Hospice.

The walk – which took place in near tropical temperatures – saw participants setting out at dawn from Bewdley, finishing at the slopes of the Malvern Hills at dusk.

Alison Parkes, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “Huge congratulations to all those who completed the Worcestershire Way Walk earlier this month in what was probably the hottest one yet!  The trek, with its many steep inclines and gruelling declines, is such a huge challenge and we are so grateful for all those who took on the 31 miles for the hospice.

“We have received feedback from the day that many people in the community showed extra kindness by refilling water bottles, offering treats to the walkers and even a hosepipe for a quick swill at the bottom of the Malvern Hills!  We are so lucky to have such generosity across Worcestershire.

“We would also like to thank our sponsors of the event, Carisson Properties, as well as our team of volunteers who did such a fabulous job on the day!”

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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.
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