Santas take on festive fun run for hospice

17th December 2018

Crowds of runners pulled on Santa suits to take on a festive jog along the river – raising more than £8,500 for a city hospice.

A total of 231 people took part in the two-mile Santa Dash along the river Severn in Worcester on Sunday, December 16 – raising money for St Richard’s Hospice.

The route began at Worcestershire County Cricket Club in New Road and followed the river to Diglis before finishing at South Quay – where runners were rewarded with festive treats and medals.

Alison Parkes, St Richard’s Fundraiser, said: “We had a fantastic morning cheering on our splendid Santas and are absolutely thrilled to have raised so much to support our hospice care.

“It was wonderful to see everyone looking so jolly and we are so grateful to all those who took part and raised money.

“With their support, we can continue to provide our hospice care to patients who are living with life-limiting illnesses, alongside supporting their loved ones. On behalf of everyone here at the hospice – thank you!”

The event was organised by the hospice and was sponsored by Browns at the Quay. It was supported by Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Worcester City Council, Youthcomm Radio and a host of volunteers.

To watch a slideshow of all the pictures from day visit YouTube, or scroll through our album on Facebook.

To find out more about the hospice’s upcoming events and to get involved visit

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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.
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