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Hospice offers top tips for Cheltenham Festival

18th January 2017

Horse racing enthusiasts are invited to enjoy this year’s Cheltenham Festival with St Richard’s Hospice at two special events.

The local charity is holding a Cheltenham preview evening the week before the world renowned racing festival where top experts from the world of jump racing will be giving their top tips.

Race goers are also invited to enjoy the final day of the festival with St Richard’s at its Cheltenham Gold Cup fundraising lunch where they can enjoy the best of the action in comfort, away from the crowds, whilst enjoying a two course lunch and placing their bets with St Richard’s resident bookmaker.

Horse racing enthusiasts are invited to join Dr Richard Newland, trainer of 2014’s Grand National winner Pineau De Re, at The Wood Norton Hotel and Restaurant near Evesham, Worcestershire on Tuesday 7th March at 6.15 for 7.30pm, for an informative preview evening with dinner, conversation and top tips.

Dr Newland will be joined by leading jockeys Paddy Brennan and Harry Skelton to form an expert panel who will give their views and predications ahead of this year’s festival. Tickets are £35 each which includes a two course dinner. The event is kindly sponsored by Gwillams Farm Shop.

The St Richard’s Cheltenham Gold Cup Lunch will be held at Worcester Racecourse on Friday 17th March, from 11am. Tickets are £35 per person and include a two course lunch, with tables of 10 available. The event is kindly sponsored by Stanford Marsh.

St Richard’s Hospice Senior Fundraiser Alison Parkes said, “These are two fantastic events for horse racing fans. Many people attend our Cheltenham Preview evening each year to get some excellent insights into the festival action and then join us for some great hospitality and an afternoon of racing fun in the warmth and comfort at Worcester Racecourse. We are very grateful to all those who are giving their time for free to help raise funds for our hospice services.”

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.