27th March 2024

Grand gala dinner a glittering success

Guests seated around tables in the Nave of Worcester Cathedral at the hospice's Grand Gala Dinner.

CELEBRATIONS for the 40th anniversary of a city-based hospice raised thousands for its care of patients and families.

St Richard’s Hospice’s Grand Gala Dinner took place in the Nave at Worcester Cathedral and raised, after costs, £40,000 – and counting – for the charity.

The glittering event was hosted by Louise Hewett, a Patron of St Richard’s, and saw 207 guests attend on the night. The event also marked the end of Louise’s tenure as High Sheriff of Worcestershire.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “It was an incredible evening filled with so much joy and celebration of all the hospice has achieved in its history.

“We are thrilled with the amount raised to help us continue our care into the future. This achievement is testament to the generosity of our guests and supporters.

“Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who contributed towards making our event a success, including all those who donated their time, services, and prizes for our auction and raffle.

“It is thanks to the unwavering generosity of our supporters that we have been able to serve communities across Worcestershire for 40 years. Here’s to the next 40 years – and beyond!”

The Grand Gala Dinner took place on Thursday, March 21, and featured a ruby theme in recognition of the hospice’s 40th anniversary.

Louise Hewett said: “I was delighted and honoured to host this wonderful occasion to mark the 40th anniversary of the hospice. The cathedral looked stunning and the atmosphere was joyous!

“A memorable evening raising much needed funds and a perfect way to end my year as High Sheriff.”

Dan Pallett, of BBC Midlands Today, compèred the evening, while Philip Serrell, hospice Patron, held the auction. Music was provided by Toscana Strings.