Hospice welcomes new member to Fundraising team

12th October 2015


St Richard’s Hospice has welcomed a new community fundraiser to support the charity’s work caring for people at the end of their lives.


Following a number of changes within its fundraising team, Mrs Jayne Sargeant, was recently welcomed into the Fundraising Department as its newest Community Fundraiser.


Jayne, who lives in Worcester with her family, has previously worked in the St Richard’s Shops and Commercial Department and other charities.  She has over 20 years’ experience in the finance sector.


In her new role Jayne will further extend St Richard’s Hospice’s networks within the community, particularly within schools, colleges and the University of Worcester to raise awareness of hospice care and the need for funds. She will also lead a number of events throughout the year.

Dr Catriona Whyte with Jayne Sargeant and Hairdresser Gayle Hawkins

Jayne said “I’m thrilled to join such a well-known and well-loved local charity which is very close to my heart. I learnt early on that fundraising was my passion and that I would be able to use my existing skills to become a successful Community Fundraiser for St Richard’s Hospice. I’m looking forward to being part of the Fundraising Team and raising funds that ensures St Richard’s can continue to offer care to patients and their loved ones.”


St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.


Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.


In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to 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: 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.