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Fashionistas flock to enjoy fantastic Ladies’ Day

6th June 2017

Well-dressed guests flocked in their hundreds and enjoyed a fantastic day at the races – while helping raise nearly £25,000 for St Richard’s Hospice.

A sun-drenched Worcester Racecourse bloomed with colourful dresses and eye-catching hats for the annual CrownGate Ladies’ Day on Saturday 3 June.

St Richard’s Hospice hosted a marquee which was packed with 230 guests who enjoyed a delicious three-course meal, race card top tips, afternoon tea and a grand auction conducted by hospice patron and TV favourite Philip Serrell.

The auction, raffle and money collected by hospice volunteers helped to raise almost £25,000 for vital patient care – the most ever raised for St Richard’s at a Ladies’ Day event in its 15-year history.

A cheque for £3,000 was presented to the hospice by the Reuben Foundation on the day.

Alison Parkes, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “Thanks to the outstanding generosity of the guests, we are thrilled to announce a record amount was raised to help support St Richard’s vital care.

“£25,000 could fund our Day Hospice for two-and-a-half weeks, providing specialist care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses.

“We are hugely grateful to all the people who made such a fantastic effort and came to enjoy Ladies’ Day – everyone looked amazing. We had so much fun and the weather was kind to us too.

“A big thank you to Worcester Racecourse, our sponsors Close Brothers Asset Management, goodie bags from CrownGate Shopping Centre and the hundreds of fabulous guests for making Ladies’ Day a really special fixture in the event calendar.”

Guests from Worcestershire and beyond enjoyed the chance to have a flutter on one of the seven horse races available on the day.

Among the race-goers was Deborah Grogan who won the Racecourse’s CrownGate County Enclosure Queen competition, with Gill Carpenter coming in runner up and Valerie Goodwin taking third place.

The hospice has worked with Worcester Racecourse to organise Ladies’ Day for 15 years – and, since its beginnings, the event has grown in success.

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.