Hospice receives £2K boost from business

9th May 2020

Staff at a county hospice are “thrilled” to benefit from a £2,000 donation made by a company based near Malvern.

St Richard’s Hospice was selected to receive the funding by staff at Cytoplan Limited, a food supplements company in Hanley Swan.

The donation was made possible by Cytoplan’s owners, The AIM Foundation, which has also supported other local charities caring for vulnerable people which have seen their fundraising impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Amanda Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Cytoplan, said: “We have chosen to support St Richard’s Hospice because our staff feel it is a wonderful cause, which does an amazing job for local people.

“They also felt concerned the hospice might be seeing hardship at this time, as its shops have temporarily closed and fundraising events have been postponed.

“Whenever we ask the staff which charities they feel should be supported, St Richard’s is usually top of the list.

“Some of the staff have had personal experience, through family members, of the hospice’s care and kindness at the end of life. It is close to a lot of hearts in this area.”

The funding will support St Richard’s Hospice to continue caring for patients with a serious, progressive illness, and their loved ones, across the county.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be chosen to receive such a generous donation, and are very grateful to staff at Cytoplan and The AIM Foundation.

“Our fundraising income has been hit by the coronavirus, as we have had to postpone events and temporarily shut shops.

“But, backed by the wonderful help of our incredible community we are hopeful we will come through these difficult days together.”

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.