Nurses in superhero challenge

25th May 2017

A team of plucky nurses are set to take on a challenge with a difference.

Seven nurses from the In-patient Unit – as well as the IPU Co-ordinator – at St Richard’s Hospice will be donning their supersonic costumes for the hospice’s Superhero Challenge next month.

Aiming to raise more than £500 for the hospice, team members are made up of Valda Sikorski, Becky Harding, Sheila Keeble Searle, Donna Powell, Jo White, Katie Chambers, Helen Fletcher and Shelly Lewis; in total they have clocked up an impressive 60 years of nursing care at the hospice.

The Saturday 17 June challenge is a 5km walk or run with a definite difference and will include a giant inflatable obstacle course, a foam bath, bouncy tunnels, giant hammers, UV bubble pods and a grand finale in the form of the Big Bertha Drop Slide!

Team leader Mrs Sikorski is no stranger to challenging events; she previously ran the London Marathon, raising more than £3500.  Mrs Fletcher finished in the top 50 during the latest Cheltenham 10k.

Mrs Becky Harding will be joined on the day by her children, Bethany aged 14 years and Mia aged 10 years.

As a team, the nurses have taken part in other challenges including the Midnight Walk and the Rainbow Run in 2015.

Valda Sirkorski, Healthcare Assistant at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We really are passionate about our jobs at the hospice and know, from first-hand experience, just how valuable hospice care is to the local community.  We depend largely on charitable donations and where better for charity to begin but at home!  We look forward to a super superhero day!”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We are thrilled that a team of our dedicated nurses have decided to take the plunge and join the 600 people who have already signed up for the day!  Our nurses here at St Richard’s provide first class care to our patients.  Good luck to them all!”

To donate to the Superhero Nurses team, please visit

Taking place at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus in Holt, Worcester, organisers are encouraging those who are taking part to bring along a photo of their real life ‘hero’ to share on the Superhero Gallery, which will be in a prime location for all to enjoy during the day.

Places are limited to around 50 per time slot – which are every 15 minutes between 10.00am and 3.30pm – with a minimum height restriction of 123cm; anyone 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Those with medical conditions or skin allergies are advised not to take part in the event.

The event is kindly being sponsored by A44 Tyre Shop.

Participants are asked to pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 or more to help St Richard’s continue to offer free care to patients and their loved ones.

To register and for further information go to For further information please call 01905 763 963.

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.