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Put your best foot forward this summer

22nd February 2017

Walkers keen to take on a challenge are being urged to sign up to stride the 31 mile Worcestershire Way from dawn to dusk this summer.

St Richard’s Hospice – which provides free specialist palliative care for people living with life limiting illnesses – is organising this popular annual walk on Friday, 23rd June.

The walk will begin in Bewdley at 6.00am and finishes in Malvern. Coach travel to the start is optional, leaving St Richard’s Hospice at 5.15am. Last year more than 130 people took part raising £20,000 to fund its valuable work.

Alison Parks, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice explained : “Last year we had more walkers for this event than ever before which is testimony to the team spirit and camaraderie of those taking part.  Although some of the terrain will be challenging, walkers will enjoy the beautiful Worcestershire countryside and certainly finish with a great sense of achievement.

“We rely on donations to fund our free care and are extremely grateful to all those in the community who support us so we can continue our work helping patients and families when they need us most.”

Those taking part will be treated to lunch at The Talbot Inn at Knightwick; the walk will also be supported by marshals with vehicles as well as first aiders.  Refreshments and water will be provided along the route.

Walkers pay a £10 administration fee and are asked to raise sponsorship.

The event is sponsored by Carisson Properties Ltd.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support we can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it 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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.