Race the dragon for hospice

18th June 2018

A team of Worcestershire netball players and their friends will be taking to the water later this summer in aid of a local hospice.

Members of the Malvern-based Halo netball team will be taking part in Worcester’s annual charity dragon boat race event in order to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice.

Organised by Worcester Dragon Boat Racing Club, the event will take place on Sunday 1 July on The River Severn in the heart of the city.

Now in its 25th year, it sees up to 30 teams enter each year to compete for Open, Women’s, Mixed and Under 18 trophies, raising thousands of pounds for charities.

Halo member Collette Carpenter said : “We are really excited about taking part in this challenge!  Although none of us has any dragon boat experience, we are confident that it will be a fun – and hopefully dry – day.  We’ve never done any fundraising as a team before but we are all up for a challenge.  Importantly, the majority of the team have had some connection with St Richard’s which is why we decided to show our support and give something back to this wonderful resource.”

Jodi Brandwood, Fundraiser said : “We’d like to wish the Halo team a fun and fabulous time at the dragon boat race event next month.  It’s a great family friendly event and such an enjoyable day out.  We’d like to thank the team for choosing to support us and raise money for our care.  Good luck to all those involved!”

The team is made up of Clare Newman. Collette Carpenter, Zoe Martin, Lisa Clayton, Wuzy Scott, Kerry Barry, Shelley Waldie, Sue Thurgood, Sarah Layton, Samantha Hill, Laura Woodyatt, Lydia Davis, Sian Cousins, Liz Gleeson, Penny Brearley and Jayne Pritchard.

To sponsor the team, please visit

To take part and help raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice please visit for further information.

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.