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Hospice on the look out for enterprising students

25th June 2018

Enterprising students are being encouraged to sign up for a hospice campaign which aims to raise money for its care.

The Flourishing Fivers initiative – run by St Richard’s Hospice – encourages young people to take part in the creative money-making challenge which has been running since 2005.

Claire James, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice explained : “Our Flourishing Fivers initiative is aimed at students aged 11 and above.  Each pupil involved is allocated £5 and asked to try to at least double that amount for our hospice care.”

Last year, pupils from The Chase School in Malvern took part in the campaign and raised more than £2,000 to support the hospice’s care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses.

Activities included gunge the teacher, car washing, cake sales and bag packing.

Since its launch, the Flourishing Fivers has seen schools across Worcestershire raise fantastic amounts to support the hospice.

Claire James, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We would like to encourage local schools and their students to get involved in our Flourishing Fivers initiative.  It’s a fantastic way for young people to not only get involved with a worthwhile cause but to develop their entrepreneurial and business skills.  We have been impressed by the creative fundraising activities to date and would like to join forces with more schools in the coming year.”

Ideas for students to consider include :

  • Buy ingredients or equipment and organise a cake or craft sale;
  • Hold a party or a BBQ;
  • Dog walk;
  • Wash cars;
  • Go to a car boot sale and sell unwanted items;
  • Organise sponsorship to run, walk or cycle around school playing fields.

If your school would like to get involved with Flourishing Fivers, Claire James on 01905 763963 or email cjames@strichards.org.uk.

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.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.