Gardeners open their gardens to support hospice care

13th August 2015

Green fingered hospice supporters have raised £2000 to help St Richard’s Hospice care for patients with life-threatening illnesses.

An Open Gardens and Plant Sale organised by Bretforton Garden Club in May was attended by about 500 people, including visitors from as far afield as New Zealand.  A number of stunning gardens in the picturesque village of Bretforton were opened to visitors, who were able to purchase plant specimens for their own gardens.

Entertainment was also provided on the day by Belle d’Vain Clog Morris Dancers, a tombola and refreshments including delicious homemade cakes.

The money raised will fund 10 patients to attend Day Hospice, where they can take some time out of their day to day routines, meet with others in similar situations and receive individual care from the hospice’s specialist team, including medical care, complementary therapies, counselling or a visit from the chaplain. During the day patients can take part in a range of activities, including creative therapy, enjoy a home cooked lunch or be pampered with a visit to the hairdresser.

Jon Heath, Head Gardener at Bretforton Manor and Chairman of Bretforton Garden Club, said: “We were thrilled so many people visited our gardens, especially as the weather was a bit changeable in the morning. We would like to thank everyone who opened their gardens on the day and all the visitors who helped us raise even more than in previous years for this wonderful local charity.”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to Bretforton Garden Club and to everyone involved in this open gardens and plant sale event. St Richard’s provides specialist support to patients at the end of their lives and supports their families, and we are grateful to everyone who raises funds to help us continue to care.”


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.