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Remember loved ones at hospice Lantern Walk

21st January 2019

Guests are invited to join a hospice for its second Lantern Walk, helping light up the night sky in memory of loved ones.

The St Richard’s Hospice event will take place at dusk on Saturday, February 9 in the grounds of the National Trust’s Croome, near Worcester.

Glowing lanterns bearing LED candles will illuminate the parkland during the 1.5 mile walk, with many of those attending reflecting on and celebrating the lives of loved ones.

Kelly Johns, hospice Fundraiser, said: “Last year’s Lantern Walk was such a special, memorable event – so we are looking forward to its return this year.

“We know that many will be walking in memory of a loved one and we hope the evening offers a chance to celebrate those special people.

“It’s set to be a magical evening, with areas along the route illuminated – including the house.

“So whether you’re walking in memory of someone, or just to enjoy an atmospheric stroll – we’re sure it will be an evening to remember.”

During the walk, guests will be invited to write messages or leave photos remembering their loved ones.

Croome’s on-site church will be available for those who wish to have some quiet time and light a candle in memory of someone special. There will also be music from the VoxRox choir at the start and finish of the walk.

Everyone over five years old will receive a lantern and LED candle, while glow sticks will be provided for those under five.

Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship of at least £30 to help support the hospice’s free care to patients, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.

Tickets are £20 for adults, £15 for children and those under five are free. Registration opens at 4.45pm with the walk beginning at 5.30pm.

To find out more and book tickets, visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/lantern-walk

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.