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Hospice unveils new Kidderminster store

8th November 2017

Keen customers were clamouring to shop in the new St Richard’s Hospice charity store which was unveiled in Kidderminster on Saturday (4th Nov).

The newly refurbished shop at 17/18 High Street was opened by 14-year-old Molly Phillips in memory of her grandfather Derek Fradgley, who was cared for by St Richard’s before he died this summer.  Stourport businessman and vice-chairman of Worcestershire Ambassadors, Mr Fradgley, was a keen hospice supporter during his lifetime.

Molly, from Bliss Gate, cut the ribbon to officially open the new store and was joined in the celebrations by Kidderminster Mayor Nicky Gale and Mayoress of the day, Rose Bishop.

Molly said, “I’m really proud to support the amazing work St Richard’s do and having experienced it first hand with my late Grandad –  he couldn’t have been in a better place.”

Customers flocked to explore the two floors of items including women’s and men’s clothing, a collection of 12,000 books, bric-a-brac, furniture, homeware and more.

The store will help raise funds and awareness of the charity – which in the last year supported 103 people from the area, including 413 bed days at its In-patient Unit in Worcester. Local people also benefited from other hospice services including physiotherapy, complementary therapy, bereavement and family support.

St Richard’s Shops Director Dan Corns said, “we’ve been thrilled with the response from local people to our new store both on the preview night and our opening weekend and look forward to welcoming many more people in the future.”

The new store is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm,and on Sundays from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Anyone who would like to join the growing band of volunteers helping in the store can contact Kirstie Smith, St Richard’s Staff and Volunteer Recruitment Co-ordinator,on 01905763963 or email ksmith@strichards.org.uk

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative and end of life care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,000 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They care for people with a range of illnesses including heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.

 

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.