8th February 2021

Love is in the air for Worcestershire Hospice

St Richard’s Hospice is inviting local people to support its care this Valentine’s Day by sponsoring a heart-shaped balloon to take part in a virtual race.

The online fundraiser comes at a challenging time for the Worcestershire hospice with charity shops temporarily closed and many fundraising events postponed.

Bought for £4.50, each heart-shaped balloon can be customised with a name and message for someone special. Each balloon could also fund a delicious afternoon tea for a hospice patient to enjoy in the charity’s In-patient unit or delivered to their home for a special occasion.

The race will last seven days from Sunday 14 February, over the half term week, with the winning balloon being the one that has flown the furthest. Those taking part can track their balloon online. As it is a virtual competition, there is no impact on the environment or risk to wildlife.

Prizes up for grabs include afternoon tea for two from Centenary Lounge, in Worcester, and a balloon display from Worcester-based Something Party.  Both local businesses have kindly donated prizes to support the hospice.

Jayne Sargeant, St Richard’s Hospice Fundraiser, said: “We know it’s been a tough start to 2021 for many so we thought this might be a bit of fun for those staying home at the moment while helping us spread a little love too.

“A heart-shaped balloon is the perfect alternative to a Valentine’s Day card, to show your love for a hardworking home-schooler or in memory of someone special.  We hope local supporters will take part and in turn help us show our love for patients and their families this February.”

The balloons will be released at 12 noon on Sunday 14 February and race until Sunday 21 February 2021. Entries close at midday on Friday 12 February 2021.

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with 22% funded by the NHS.