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Hospice set to celebrate Volunteers’ Week

22nd May 2019

Each year, we are privileged to support more than 3,300 patients and their loved ones across Worcestershire.

We are thankful for our fantastic workforce across all departments – from those who run our shops, to those providing excellent care.

However, all our work is underpinned by the tireless support of around 900 volunteers who give their time, skills and life experience to support every aspect of hospice life.

From patient care to administration, fundraising and working in our shops – volunteers are crucial to our organisation.

Volunteers drive patients from their homes to sessions at the hospice, they give complementary therapies, offer bereavement support, help with administration, reception and gardening.

They raise income for our services by helping at fundraising events or working in our shops and warehouse.

Our community volunteers offer companionship and practical support at home to patients and loved ones.

These are just a few ways volunteers contribute to St Richard’s Hospice – and we are so grateful to them all.

So, to celebrate those who give their time to the hospice, we will be marking Volunteers’ Week from June 1 to 7.

This is our chance to take part in a national campaign, championing the work of our brilliant volunteers – alongside hundreds of other charities.

It is also a chance for us to showcase the diverse opportunities for people in volunteering and the benefits it can bring – from gaining new skills to making life-long friends.

We will be sharing stories from a variety of volunteers during the week on our Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter using the week’s hashtag #VolunteersWeek.

We will also be asking for your stories. Do you have any special memories of a hospice volunteer? What would you like to thank them for? Share your stories with us during the week on social media.

Finally, from everyone here at St Richard’s, a huge thank you to everyone who volunteers for the hospice in whatever form. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.

June Patel, Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice

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.