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Intrepid team walk to Italy for hospice

5th April 2018

A dedicated team of colleagues raised more than £2,000 for a hospice after walking to Italy on a treadmill.

Staff from ACMI UK, based in Broomhall Lane, Worcester, completed the sponsored 1,663-kilometre walk to the company’s head office in Parma over nine months.

A total of £2,550 was raised for St Richard’s Hospice, while the ACMI UK team also made donations to two other local charities.

Rick Gerrard, Managing Director at ACMI UK, said: “We are delighted to make this donation to St Richard’s Hospice. We wholeheartedly support their dedicated care and work across Worcestershire.

“It’s been our pleasure to help this great cause in some small way.”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We are so pleased the team at ACMI completed its fantastic challenge – it was no mean feat, so we are very impressed by their efforts!

“Every penny of their donation to us will go towards helping us provide our free, specialist care to patients, their loved ones and the bereaved across Worcestershire.

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at ACMI who helped raise such a brilliant amount.”

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.