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Hospice benefits from centenary grant

13th December 2017

SPAR Retail and distribution company A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has awarded St Richard’s Hospice a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation.

The family owned company marked its centenary this year by launching a 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme to support local good causes across its trading area.

The company accepted applications over spring and summer and in total awarded 12 charities and organisations with a grant of £1,917, of which St Richard’s Hospice was one.

The charity received their cheque at the Warndon SPAR store on Cranham Drive, which is owned by A.F. Blakemore’s Retail division.

St Richard’s Hospice Fundraiser Ria Simons said: “We are very grateful to the Blakemore Foundation for choosing to support our care of patients with this generous donation.  The money will go towards helping patients learn new skills and strategies on how to manage their symptoms through education, exercise, therapies and group support.

“All at St Richard’s Hospice would like to thank A.F. Blakemore for their support and wish the company a very happy 100th birthday.”

A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter said: “A.F. Blakemore & Son has a long history of supporting local good causes and the 1917 Heritage Grant Scheme has complemented this perfectly.

“The 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme received more than 400 worthy requests from good causes across the UK.

“It is hoped that each grant will support the local good cause’s sustainability for years to come in recognition of the company’s commitment to growing sustainably for the benefit of staff, customers and the community.”

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd was founded in 1917 when Arthur and Harriet Blakemore opened a counter grocery store in Wolverhampton, and is today the 44th largest privately owned business in the UK.

Peter Blakemore is the third generation of the Blakemore family to lead the company, which is the largest member of SPAR UK, owning 290 SPAR stores and serving more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales.

The Blakemore Foundation was established by the Blakemore family in 1992 and over the last 10 years has donated more than £1.7 million to good causes across the company’s trading area, which stretches across England and Wales.

 

 

Ria Simons from St Richard’s Hospice collected the £1,917 cheque from SPAR Warndon Assistant Store Manager Ben Marshall

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.

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