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Raise voices in hospice festive carols

3rd December 2019

candles flickering

Voices will be raised in song at a special evening of carols at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester at the final event in the charity’s Lights of Love campaign this year.

Everyone is invited to join the festive sing-song in the hospice in Wildwood Drive, Worcester on Thursday, 19th December at 7pm.

The event will feature the Rock Choir and West Mercia Police Band and will be led by hospice Chaplain Clare Griffiths. It is open to people of all faiths or none.

 Carols at the Hospice is the culmination of this year’s Light of Love which has included services at Worcester Cathedral, Pershore Abbey, Droitwich Spa Methodist Church, and Malvern Priory. More than 2,600 names have been dedicated so far, raising more than £46,000 towards the care of St Richard’s.

 Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s, said: “We’re very grateful for the incredible support from our community. Lights of Love means so much to many people and is a chance to celebrate and remember loved ones united with others in their shared experience.”

She added, “Our Carols at the Hospice will be an uplifting evening and we look forward to welcoming people into the newly refurbished Living Well Centre at St Richard’s. There will be the opportunity to light a candle in our beautiful Sacred Space during the evening.”

The carols are expected to last approximately 50 minutes. Refreshments will be available.

Anyone is welcome to dedicate a light in memory or celebration of a loved one and attend a Lights of Love event if they wish – not simply those who have a connection to St Richard’s.

If you would like to make a dedication and pre-book a free place at Carols at the Hospice please go online to www.strichards.org.uk/lightsoflove or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 958262.

Lights of Love is kindly sponsored by Fisher German.

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 3,400 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 20% funded by the NHS.

The hospice is also raising funds for the Build 2020 Appeal and is part way through developing a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.

 

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.