30th November 2015

Seasonal Ball for local hospice a hit


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.