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Hospice ‘thrilled’ as festival raises £2K for care

23rd September 2019

A HOSPICE has thanked the team behind Worcester Festival for raising more than £2,000 for its care with this year’s 17-day extravaganza.

St Richard’s Hospice, based in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, received £2,144 raised at collections and events during the city-wide festival in August.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s, said: “We were thrilled to receive such a fantastic donation from Worcester Festival.

“The money raised by the festival team and the community is greatly appreciated by all of us here and will contribute towards continuing our care to patients and loved ones when they need us most.”

The St Richard’s Hospice Celebration Garden was one of the visual highlights of Worcester Festival 2019

Worcester Festival runs each year and features a diverse range of events including dance, exhibitions, history walks, craft workshops and music.

Chris Jaeger MBE, Director of Worcester Festival, said: “In many ways, this was the best Worcester Festival ever.

“We had 504 events at 58 different venues and 46 different organisations involved – each figure a record for our festival. Of the events, 337 were free – helping to make it a real ‘people’s festival’.

“We were absolutely delighted to collect for St Richard’s Hospice during the Festival – it is a wonderful charity doing incredibly important work with huge sensitivity and professionalism.”

To find out more about Worcester Festival visit www.worcesterfestival.co.uk For further information on St Richard’s Hospice, visit www.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.