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Ladies’ night celebration of hospice care

14th October 2015

Members of a Worcester Masonic Lodge have raised £2,000 to help support hospice care in Worcestershire.

The Worshipful Master of Elgar Lodge Mark Taylor, and his wife Chrissi, hosted the evening event on Saturday 25th April to thank his wife and fellow members’ wives for supporting the Lodge during his year as Master. As is customary, the event raised money for the Worshipful Master’s chosen charities: St Richard’s Hospice and Primrose Hospice.

These two local charities became close to their hearts after Mark’s Dad, Norman Taylor, who had pancreatic cancer, was cared for by the staff at St Richard’s Hospice, and supported by Helen Garfield the CEO of Primrose Hospice, before his death in April this year.

The evening raised £1,500 for St Richard’s Hospice and £500 for Primrose Hospice thanks to the generosity of the members of Elgar Lodge, along with other lodges and family and friends who attended. The money raised will pay for a patient to receive specialist end of life care in St Richard’s Hospice’s In-patient Unit for 3.5 days and will pay for around 9 hours of qualified nursing care for patients at Primrose

Mark Taylor said; “It’s not until you see at first hand the individual care provided, not only to the patient but also the support they provide to the family both during the illness and afterwards, that you realise what a wonderful facility we have available to us in Worcestershire. To ensure that these facilities continue to be available to other families, it is so important that local hospices, along with all support and volunteer groups, are well supported by the public.”

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.