Lantern walk raises £11,000 for hospice

12th February 2020

Glowing lanterns were lit in memory of loved ones at an annual walk which raised more than £11,000 for a hospice.

Now in its third year, the St Richard’s Hospice Lantern Walk took place on Saturday, February 8 at the National Trust’s Croome, near Worcester.

The evening saw more than 450 guests walk a 1.5-mile route through the picturesque grounds of the historic house.

Kelly Johns, hospice fundraiser, said: “We were delighted to welcome all our guests along to enjoy a magical, moving evening in a beautiful location.

“This event is not only a great chance to experience Croome lit up against the night sky – it offers people a special way to remember loved ones.

“We are thrilled to have raised so much to support our hospice care and would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event such a success.”

Participants received a lantern with LED candle to carry on the walk, while areas along the route were lit-up.

During the walk, guests were invited to write messages and leave photos remembering their loved ones.

Croome’s on-site church was also available for those who wished to have some quiet time and light a candle in memory of someone special.

The Lantern Walk was sponsored by E Hill and Son.

To find out more about the hospice’s upcoming events, 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.

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