Fortis Living supports hospice

16th October 2016

BIG hearted volunteers raised more than £1,300 for St Richard’s Hospice as they got their hands dirty to make life better for people living in their community.

Fortis Living staff, businesses, members of the public and a former Liverpool FC player all mucked in during a series of projects designed to help vulnerable people and raise vital funds for charity.

Fortis Living’s third annual Communities Week started with a family fun day and football tournament at Malvern Town Football club.

The highlight was a charity football match featuring former players from West Bromwich Albion playing against a team made up of local businesses and captained by Alan Kennedy of Liverpool fame, raising money for St Richard’s Hospice.

Throughout the week (September 11 to 16) staff from Fortis Living took time out from their usual day jobs to do something different and help support people living in the local community.

fortis-livingOver 300 people visited the Mobile Pop-up shop with all proceeds going to St Richard’s Hospice.

On the final day of the week a number of staff took part in a ‘Row the Severn’ challenge on Worcester’s High Street as part of the Worcestershire Hour Festival of Business. Staff took up the challenge of ‘rowing’ the 70 miles distance from Sabrina Bridge to the Severn Bridge. In total the week raised over £1,300 for St Richard’s Hospice.

Fortis LivingAlice Spearing, St Richard’s engagement officer said: “We are very grateful to the Fortis Living team for supporting our care, both by raising funds and helping us to increase people’s awareness of all our free services in Worcestershire.”

Sue Heelas, Fortis Living’s Assistant Director for Housing and Communities said: “As a social business we want to make a positive difference to the communities we serve.”


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.