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Firm Celebrates Growth with Hospice Fundraiser

7th October 2014

A Worcestershire forklift truck firm has raised £1,500 for St Richard’s Hospice to celebrate 40 years in business.

MSM was also marking a relocation move from their base in Malvern to larger premises in Buckholt Drive, Worcester.

The firm held two open days at the end of last month for customers, suppliers and staff to visit the new site and raise funds for the charity.  Many people donated prizes for the raffle and tombola as well as making cakes to sell.

Managing Director Alan Barnes, who joined the firm as an apprentice  in 1985, said, “Sadly we all know people that have needed the wonderful support of St Richard’s at various times and this has encouraged so many of our supporters and colleagues to donate to help us raise funds on our open days.”

Christine Waring, Financial Director, added, “Saturday was family day and the children loved being able to sit on the trucks, playing golf and having a go at hooking a duck with a digger. They were having so much fun, they didn’t want to go home!”

St Richard’s Fundraising Manager Rachel Jones said, “We are thrilled that MSM has chosen to support St Richard’s in this way. Every penny helps us care for our patients and their families, enabling them to achieve the best quality of life at a very difficult time.”

MSM started in 1974 and was based in Malvern for many years. In 2007 a management buyout took place and the four present directors have steadily grown the company incorporating brands such as Toyota Forklifts, Rough Terrain Forklifts, Wacker Neuson Excavators and Dumpers along with Polaris utility vehicles, RCM sweepers and Passenger and Commercial Tail-lifts.

MSM has had a family run feel since the beginning, Alan Barnes Managing Director, joined the company as an apprentice engineer in 1985, and Kevin Ratcliffe, Tail-lift Service Director is the longest serving member of the company at 31 years. The other two involved in the management buyout were Dean Tandy, Service Director Forklift and Christine Waring, Financial Director.  The firm has now have grown to over 20 members of staff a large proportion of which have been employed for 10 years plus.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help them to continue their work.

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.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.