Snowdrops for spring will brighten hospice days

19th December 2016


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

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.


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.