Lights shine in memory and celebration

16th December 2016


Thousands of loved ones are being remembered and celebrated in this year’s St Richard’s Hospice Lights of Love initiative across Worcestershire.

Almost 3,000 names have been dedicated to loved ones with lights shining on the hospice Christmas tree in St Andrew’s Spire, Worcester. The dedicated names are also recorded on boards around the tree and in books of thanksgiving in Worcester Cathedral, Great Malvern Priory, Pershore Abbey and Droitwich Library.

St Richard’s Hospice Senior Fundraiser Alison Parkes said: “Lights of Love brings comfort and support to many as we remember and celebrate those people who are close to our hearts. We are grateful to everyone in the community who has dedicated a light of love and donated £43,000 towards our hospice care this year.”

She added, “We are truly thankful for the way our community continues to support our care of people living with life-limiting illnesses who need our support.”

More than 2,000 people attended special Lights of Love services in five events around the county, more than ever before.

lights of love vinnie-dixon-aged-4-looking-at-grandad-vince-jacksons-nameLights of Love is kindly sponsored by Andrew Grant Sales and Lettings and supported by Open GI, Droitwich Lions, Worcester City Council, Worcester County Council, Penny Raby & Co; Leigh Sinton Farm Nurseries for the Christmas tree, and Place Partnership for the tree lights.

Anyone who would like to support the hospice this Christmas is encouraged to donate to help St Richard’s care for bereaved families over the festive season. You can donate by visiting

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 2,500 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.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.




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.