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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 www.strichards.org.uk/santa-dash

 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.