Hundreds stride out on waterways walk for hospice

11th August 2016

Three hundred walkers strode out along the beautiful waterways of Worcestershire to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice.

The hospice’s seventh annual Waterways Walk took place on Sunday 7th August, and saw walkers take on a choice of three distances, a 21-mile circular route for the more adventurous, starting and finishing at Droitwich Spa Marina; an 11-mile route from the Marina to Diglis, Worcester; or a new family friendly 6-mile circular route from Perdiswell, Worcester.

The majority of walkers strode out on the 21 miles route while 85 people enjoyed the 11 miles and 73 took on the new shorter walk.

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said, “This is always a popular event in the hospice calendar and we had the largest number of registrations in six years. With wonderful weather, fantastic walkers and a team of 25 plus great volunteers the day was set for everyone to enjoy the wonderful waterways of Worcestershire. “

She added, “ We hope that sponsorship from the event will raise in the region of £20,000 – a brilliant amount which will help us care for our patients and their loved ones. “

The Waterways Walk was kindly sponsored by Droitwich Spa Marina.

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St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting 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: 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.