Halloween spooktacular

31st October 2016

Ghouls, ghosts, and witches turned out in their hundreds for a spooky Halloween event at the Worcester Woods and Countryside Centre.

Three hundred adults and children got into the scary spirit of Halloween by taking part in the family fun run to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice.  (See photos here   Thanks to Sebastian Stead Photography.)

Runners and walkers on the 2.5km and 5km routes encountered trick or treat stations and traditional Halloween games as they made their way round the course.

St Richard’s Community Fundraiser, Charlie Homer, said, “This was the first Halloween Family Fun Run for St Richard’s and was hugely popular with around 300 taking part of all ages. We were so impressed with the effort people put in to create amazing costumes.  Mums, dads, grandparents, babies and dogs were every bit as dressed up as the youngsters!”

He added, “It was a lovely family event and great to see our community coming together, having a good time and raising funds for our care of patients and their loved ones.”

He thanked event sponsors Western Power Distribution and all the volunteers who helped make the event such a success.

The charity hopes the event will raise in the region of £10,000 towards its care.

Mr Homer encouraged those who enjoy themed family events to take part in the St Richard’s Santa Dash on 4th December at The Valley Evesham. To register go to

 St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 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.




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.