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Get on your bike for hospice care

20th April 2018

Cyclists are being invited to saddle-up for a fundraising challenge in support of hospice care.

St Richard’s Hospice, in Worcester, is holding its Bikeathon event on Sunday, July 1 – challenging participants to take on a scenic 16, 45 or 64-mile sportive route.

Each route starts and finishes at the hospice in Wildwood Drive, while the two longer rides will be timed.

The courses will all be clearly signposted and will pass through mainly quiet country lanes, or specific bike routes.

Kelly Johns, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We’re excited for the return of the Bikeathon this summer.

“It’s a fantastic and rewarding event, offering something for a range of abilities – including challenging routes for more seasoned cyclists to tackle.

“Everyone taking part will pass through some beautiful countryside, with regular refreshment stops along the way.

“And there’s the added bonus that any money raised will help us care for patients, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.”

The 16-mile route passes through villages including Kempsey and Pirton; the 45-mile route takes in Eckington and Pershore and the 64-mile route travels as far as Broadway and Snowshill.

The Bikeathon is sponsored by Midland Communications which is entering a team for the challenge of more than 20 staff, family members, customers and friends.

Dave Webster, Director at Midland Communications, said: “St Richard’s provides vital support to the people of Worcestershire and the surrounding area and, as an essential resource, it needs all the support it can get.

“We wanted to do our bit. We’re a local business. We employ local people. Our customers are local people. We wanted to get involved for them; to play our part in ensuring that St Richard’s continues to do its excellent work for many years to come. It’s a pleasure to be involved.

“Why not get a team from your business involved, it’s a great team builder and is for a great cause?”

Stuart Mico, Director at Midland Communications, said: “As a local business employing local people we all know of someone who has benefited from the care offered by St. Richard’s Hospice and that’s our main driver for wanting to be involved.”

To sign-up for the Bikeathon visit www.strichards.org.uk/bikeathon, alternatively contact Kelly Johns on 01905 763963 or email kjohns@strichards.org.uk

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.