11th August 2016

Hundreds stride out on waterways walk for hospice

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.