30th July 2015

Go quackers with duck race

Residents are invited to go quackers with Puddle Duck at the St Richard’s Hospice annual duck race on Saturday, 15th August.

The event, which is in association with Worcester Festival, takes place on the River Severn in Worcester, with the race starting at 2pm from Worcester Bridge, South Quay to Worcester Cathedral.

Competitors can visit Puddle Duck on the quay side from 11am to adopt a duck and then cheer it on as it races against other ducks down the river to the finish line alongside Worcester Cathedral.

Small ducks can be adopted for £3, large ducks cost £5 and a limited number of fancy dress ducks will be available at £25. High Street vouchers are offered as prizes for the first ducks over the line. All proceeds go to St Richard’s Hospice to help fund the charity’s care of patients with life-threatening illnesses and support for their families.

To pre-adopt a duck and for more information on the event go to http://www.strichards.org.uk/event/go-quackers-for-duck-race or call 01905 763963.

St Richard’s Hospice Community Fundraiser Jayne Sargeant said, “This is a great event to watch as hundreds of ducks are launched from the bridge into the river. It’s much more fun to adopt a duck and cheer it on and help raise funds for St Richard’s at the same time. We look forward to welcoming the crowds on the day.”

The St Richard’s Duck Race is kindly sponsored by Puddle Ducks www.puddleducks.com

Puddleduck, Clare Harris and Jayne Sargeant 2

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

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 it to continue its work.