Gifts in Wills

Gifts in Wills

Why Do I need a Will?

A Will is an important document that ensures those you care about are provided for after your death. Without a valid Will, a person’s estate is said to be ‘intestate’ and can mean that the specific wishes you may have for your family or loved ones are not carried out.

Gifts in Wills are absolutely essential to the care we provide; 1 out of every 6 people we support is paid for through these significant, thoughtful gifts. These gifts mean that we can plan and develop our services to reach more local people in the future.

Our wish is to enable each person we support to live every day to the fullest. However, each year, the needs of our community are changing; people are living longer, often with multiple diagnoses, so we must ensure that our care is available and accessible to a growing number of patients with more complex conditions. As a charity, all of our services are provided free of charge. 24% of our hospice costs are contributed by the NHS; this means that we rely on the generosity of our community to enable us to be there for patients and their families when we’re needed the most.

If you would like to discuss making a gift in your Will, please contact Fundraising Director Tricia Cavell or Fundraising Manager Rachel Jones or call 01905 763963.

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.