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Snowdrops for spring will brighten hospice days

19th December 2016

Ombersley School pupils planting snowdrops

 

Thousands of snowdrops will be bursting through the ground in Worcestershire schools next spring.

St Richard’s Hospice Snowdrops in Worcestershire Appeal has seen pupils from ten schools plant over 9,000 bulbs and 3,000 plants and donate £2,600 towards the charity’s care.

Over 1,800 children took the opportunity to plant the snowdrops which were all kindly donated by St Peter’s Garden Centre in Worcester.

The schools taking part included Ombersley Primary School; Burlish Park Primary School, Stourport on Severn; RGS the Grange, Worcester; Suckley Primary School; Crowle First School; St George’s Catholic School, Worcester; Harvington Primary School, Evesham; Bowbrook House School, Peopleton; Kings Hawford School, Worcester and Bromsgrove Pre prep School.

 Jayne Sargeant, St Richard’s community fundraiser, said: “The snowdrop is the hospice symbol representing hope and was the perfect flower to plant in partnership with schools. We are so grateful to all the schools who took part with such enthusiasm and raised funds to help us offer our free specialist care to those affected by life-limiting illnesses.”

The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust has also supported the scheme, providing the children with an engraved wooden plaque so that they can record the snowdrops being planted.

If local schools would like to take part in the project next year, please contact Jayne Sargeant on 01905 763963 or email jsargeant@strichards.org.uk

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 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.