Hospice launches ‘Save our Snowdrop’ campaign

5th October 2018

The hospice behind the Worcester Stands Tall sculpture trail has launched an appeal to raise enough money to bid for a giraffe at auction.

St Richard’s Hospice, based in Worcester, needs to raise £5,000 to be in with a chance of successfully bidding for Snowdrop at auction on Thursday, October 11.

All 30 giant giraffes and one giraffe calf, Lily the Pink, will go under the hammer at drp Group in Hartlebury to raise funds for the hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “Each giraffe has a place in our hearts, but Snowdrop is extra special to everyone here at the hospice.

“She was painted by Katie Hodgetts, an artist whose granddad was cared for by St Richard’s Hospice before he died in 2016.

“We want to buy Snowdrop at auction and return her to the peaceful gardens here at St Richard’s.

“Here, Snowdrop can be seen by everyone at the hospice – creating a lasting legacy of Worcester Stands Tall, a project that means so much to the future of our care.”

The Build 2020 Appeal aims to raise the funds needed 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 £5.3 million.

Under the terms of the project license, each giraffe has to go to auction.

By Snowdrop going to auction, this gives St Richard’s an opportunity to raise more funds for its appeal.

If the hospice’s bid is unsuccessful, all the money raised in this campaign will be donated to the Build 2020 Appeal.

To make a donation, visit

Anyone is able to bid on a sculpture to take home or display at their business or organisation. The bidding for each sculpture is set to start at between £2,500 and £3,500.

To find out more about the auction and to register your interest in bidding, please visit

There will be telephone, online and commission bidding available on the night too. For more details, please visit the website.

The auction is supported by Barclays.

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.