Seasonal Ball for local hospice a hit

30th November 2015


Glasses were raised in celebration at the St Richard’s Hospice Snowdrop Ball, which raised nearly £30,000 profit for the charity.

More than 400 guests enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing at Sixways Rugby Club at the hospice’s annual event.

Supporters gave generously to the live auction, led by Knight Frank’s Will Kerton, and to the raffle and silent auction. Later in the evening, they were entertained by live band Soul Trader. The party continued late into the night with dancing to the sounds of Midlands Leisure Disco and a casino for those that did not want to take to the dance floor.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “It was a fabulous night with everyone pulling out all the stops to look glamorous. The evening really kicked off the festive season with a bang! We are very grateful to the sponsors Britannia Bennetts of Malvern and npower; and to all those who donated items for the live and silent auctions and raffle. It takes a massive team effort from staff, volunteers and the entertainment team, who we couldn’t do it without!”

Rachel added, “Due to the generosity of our guests, this year’s ball was a record breaker, raising more money than previous years to help the hospice continue to care for patients at the end of their lives and support their loved ones through bereavement.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.



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.