Festival warm-up event to raise funds for city hospice

15th March 2019

Festival organisers are inviting guests to enjoy a night of music in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

The Woo Fest Warm Up takes place at The Marrs Bar, Pierpoint Street, Worcester, on Friday, 29th March from 7.30pm.

Members of the Woo Fest team at last year’s summer festival. Credit Andy Dawson Photography.

On the line-up of bands are Chewie, In Evolution, The Leaking Machine and Speak, Brother – with proceeds from the event donated to the Worcester-based hospice.

Luke Simons, festival organiser, said: “Ahead of this year’s main festival, we have a fantastic night of live music planned for our Woo Fest Warm Up – with all proceeds going to the hospice.

“We expect lots of people there, joining in fundraising and enjoying live music.

“We are excited for our fifth year of Woo Fest. It has been a great journey so far, with more and more people getting involved – and more money being raised for St Richard’s Hospice!”

Claire James, hospice fundraiser, said: “We can’t wait for the Woo Fest Warm Up event – it is set to be a great night of entertainment.

“We are very grateful to the festival team for all its incredibly hard work in supporting our hospice care.”

Chewie performs at the 2018 Woo Fest Warm Up

Tickets to the warm-up event are £7.50 in advance or £10 on the door. To book tickets, visit

Last year’s Woo Fest festival raised more than £12,000 for St Richard’s Hospice. It was also a finalist in two categories at the UK Festival Awards.

Woo Fest 2019 takes place at The Drum and Monkey, in Upton upon Severn, on Saturday, 6th July. For more information, visit

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.