Malvern school walks Malvern Hills for hospice

9th May 2016

Pupils at a Malvern school are getting fit, enjoying the countryside and supporting a local charity by taking part in this year’s St Richard’s Hospice Malvern Hills Walk.

A team of over 75 pupils, teachers, and families from St Matthias CE Primary School in Malvern have been getting into shape so that they can step out for hospice care on Saturday 14th May.

The school’s challenge was the idea of Mrs Ginnie Beale, St Matthias’ Deputy Headteacher, who has fired up pupils and teachers alike with enthusiasm to support St Richard’s. The team will be taking on the event’s five-mile circular route, one of the three routes available. There is also a longer 11-mile route with spectacular views from the Malvern Hills ridge line, and a family friendly circular two-mile route.

Mrs Beale said; “We are all very excited to be taking part in this sponsored walk. The hospice provides wonderful care for patients and their families and we are hoping to collect as much money as possible to help the hospice continue to care for local families. We are hoping that the sun will shine on the day, but we are sure that we will all have fun while enjoying these beautiful surroundings on our doorstep.”

To donate to the pupil’s fund, visit

The St Richard’s Hospice annual Malvern Hills sponsored walk is one of the hospice’s most popular events. Around 480 have already signed up to take part in this event and local families are invited to join in the fun on Saturday 14th May. There are three routes available, over 2, 5 or 11 miles, with the shorter two routes being circular and suitable for the whole family. To find out more or to register online visit or call the St Richard’s fundraising team on 01905 763963.

The event is being kindly sponsored by Energy Gain UK Ltd.

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 2,600 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.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. 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.