Join us for Santa Dash

5th November 2018

St Richard’s Hospice is inviting families and friends to join them for a festive fun-run along the river Severn dressed as Father Christmas.

The St Richard’s Hospice Santa Dash takes place on Sunday, December 16 and will see crowds of runners take on the two-mile jog.

The route starts at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, in New Road, Worcester, and follows the river Severn to Diglis.

The finish line is in front of Browns at the Quay, where there will be festive refreshments of hot chocolate or mulled wine, and chocolate brownies or mince pies.

Jodi Brandwood, hospice Fundraiser, said: “We can’t wait to see everyone dressed up in their Santa suits and getting into the Christmas spirit.

“You can choose to run, jog, walk or even skip your way around the course – before enjoying a well-earned treat at the end.

“It’s a great way to get together with your loved ones before Christmas and have some fun – all while raising funds to help us continue our care.”

Each participant, except those under three, will get a free Santa suit to wear on the day.

Registration takes place at Foley’s Café, at the cricket club, from 9am for a 10.30am start.

Adult tickets cost £15 – while tickets for children aged three to 16 are £10.

For more information and to sign-up, visit

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.