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Hospice birdlife set to thrive

10th January 2019

The birdlife in the gardens of St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester, has been given a boost with the donation of 14 new homes.

The nesting boxes were given through the environmental charity Welcome to our Future which is based in Pershore.

Grants Manager Bill Richardson, explained, “Welcome to our Future has secured funding from the Lillie C. Johnson Charitable Trust to pay for the bird nesting boxes which will be placed around the garden and grounds of the hospice.”

St Richard’s  Chief Executive, June Patel said, “We are very grateful to Welcome to our Future for donating the bird boxes to help our birdlife thrive, We know from experience the therapeutic benefit animals can bring to patients in the hospice and that they love to watch the birds and wildlife in the garden.”

Bill Richardson, from St Peter’s, Worcester, is a dedicated hospice supporter and has previously undertaken a number of fundraising challenges for St Richard’s in memory of his late wife, Brenda, who was cared for by the hospice before she died in 2012.

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. They also support their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual £8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.

St Richard’s is also raising funds for the Build 2020 Appeal to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.  The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.

 

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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.