Relay race raises hundreds for hospice

30th May 2017

Big blue pants were exchanged in rapid fashion as fundraising relay runners rushed to the finish line at Worcester Racecourse.

The Go Dad Run Big Blue Pants Relay, held on Friday 26 May, saw teams of competitors run down the racecourse’s final furlong – swapping their novelty Y-fronts over their shorts as they went.

After a nail-biting sprint finish, the On On Together team scooped the winning title – closely followed by #WorcestershireHour and The Sanlam Three.

The relay raised more than £550 for St Richard’s Hospice and was a warm-up event for the Go Dad Run at Worcester Racecourse on Sunday 23 July, for which St Richard’s has been chosen as one of the charity partners.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part in the relay – they were such great sports.

“Some found exchanging the big pants quickly quite a challenge! A big thank you also to our volunteers collecting around the course, helping to raise money for the hospice – overall it was a really fun and successful event.

“We’re delighted to be a charity partner for the Go Dad Run in July, and we can’t wait to see everyone sporting their big blue pants for good causes!”

Go Dad Run Relay - Credit Les Hurley

Jenny Cheshire, executive director of Worcester Racecourse, said: “The relay was very successful and we are looking forward to the race event in July.”

The third annual Worcester Go Dad Run will see hundreds of men and boys pull on big blue pants over their shorts and run a 5K or 10K around the racecourse to raise awareness of men’s health issues and funds for important charities.

The July event is being organised in partnership with the national Go Dad Run initiative, launched by former Welsh athlete and TV celebrity Colin Jackson CBE.

Along with St Richard’s Hospice, the project is supported by Prostate Cancer UK, Bowel Cancer UK, Orchid and CALM.

Anyone who pledges to raise £75 or more for St Richard’s will win a free place. Enter the code GDR-StRichards17 when registering to redeem the discount.

To register for the run, visit

Once registered, participants will have the opportunity to sponsor or support St Richard’s Hospice with details available at

The 5K event starts at 10.30am and the 10K run kicks off at 10.40am.

Entry prices are:


Free for boys aged 0 to 9 years;

£11.50 for boys aged 10 to 17;

£16.50 for men aged 18 and over.


£21.50 for men and boys aged 16 and over.

Sanlam is sponsoring the Go Dad Run.

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.