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Gtech team take to the skies for hospice care

17th May 2019

Daredevil colleagues will swap their desks for parachutes when they take on a skydive for St Richard’s Hospice.

The team of five from Worcester-based Gtech will take to the skies for the jump from 10,000ft on Saturday, 8th June at Hinton Airfield, Northamptonshire.

Vlad Popescu, Philip Harrison, Charles Obah, Tom Cowles and Jeff Jones are hoping to raise as much as possible for the charity which is close to their hearts.

Mr Harrison, an ecomm customer service advisor at Gtech, said: “We’re all excited, I’m sure the nerves will kick in the closer we get to the day.

“A few of us have jumped before, but we also have some that haven’t and one who is scared of heights – so that should be fun!

“We are always looking at ways to build team morale and supporting a local charity that has helped members of our families makes it even better.”

The group all work as customer service advisors and are aged between 20 to 48-years-old.

On the day, they will be given training before taking on the jump strapped to qualified tandem instructors. Jumpers will reach speeds of up to 120 miles, before being guided to the ground in front of family and friends.

Taking the plunge for St Richard’s alongside the Gtech team are nine people – with all the spaces booked for the day.

Jodi Brandwood, fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We are so impressed with this fantastic team effort and hope everyone has a great day, making memories to last a lifetime.

“It is only thanks to colleagues, friends, families and individuals getting together and raising money that we are able to continue providing our hospice care to so many. On behalf of all of us here at St Richard’s – thank you!”

To sponsor the Gtech Team visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gtech

The next skydive for St Richard’s is taking place on Sunday, 8th September. To get involved visit www.strichards.org.uk/september-skydive

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.