Hospice challenge to ‘grow’ £50 donation

10th December 2019

Businesses are being challenged to get creative and turn £50 into a much bigger donation for St Richard’s Hospice.

The hospice is calling for 20 organisations to sign-up to its 20/20 Business Challenge – with the collective aim of raising more than £20,000 for its care.

Each team to sign up will be given £50 and will be tasked with growing it into much more as part of the challenge over the first quarter of 2020.

At the end of the challenge, participants will be invited to a special awards dinner where the final total will be announced and prizes awarded.

Ria Simons, fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “This is our first challenge of this kind and we are excited to work with a variety of organisations.

“There is a world of possibilities for fundraising – from holding a bake sale, to taking on a skydive, it’s totally up to the teams taking part!

“We think it’s a great opportunity to get colleagues together, working towards raising money for our care – while having fun and networking with other businesses involved at the same time.

“£20,000 is a huge amount and would make such an important difference to the lives of those we care for and their loved ones.”

The 20/20 Business Challenge is sponsored by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.

Sharon Smith, Chief Executive of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted that the Chamber is the overall sponsor for St Richard’s Hospice’s 20/20 Business Challenge.

“Following the success of last year’s Worcester Stands Tall campaign, which saw the county work together to make the initiative a huge triumph, we are thrilled to once again support the hospice.

“I’d like to encourage local firms to become one of 20 businesses who will be set the challenge of raising a combined total of £20,000 based on a ‘grow your £’ concept.”

Kevin Gates, Managing Director at Neoperl UK in Malvern, said: “Neoperl UK is pleased to be supporting the St Richard’s Hospice 2020 challenge.

“Having celebrated our own 20th anniversary this year, it will be a fantastic opportunity to support such a worthwhile cause early in 2020.

“We are really excited by the challenge, and the friendly rivalry, and raising as much money as we can.”

Other businesses already involved include Handelsbanken, The Kiln, Worcester Slimming World Team, CMCA UK, Shrubbery Dental and DHL Droitwich.

To take part in the challenge, call Ria Simons, Fundraiser, on 01905 958262 or email

More information and fundraising tips can be found online at

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.