29th February 2016

Spreading snowdrops in aid of hospice


Pupils at RGS The Grange dug in 700 snowdrop plants in the school grounds in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

Over 100 children, including those in the nursery, planted the snowdrops, kindly supported by St Peter’s Garden Centre, and will now be able to watch them grow and enjoy the new beginnings of life at the start of each spring in their Forest Schools.

The hospice’s snowdrops project will be taken to other schools over the coming weeks offering students a chance to plant snowdrops in their own school gardens and watch these much loved British flowers grow each year.

Jayne Sargeant, community fundraiser, said: “It’s delightful to see the snowdrops being planted in so many schools across the county. St Richard’s chose the snowdrop as its symbol as this flower is a symbol of hope at the beginning of spring. We are very grateful to all the local schools who support the hospice and help us continue to offer specialist care to patients and their loved ones.”

If local schools would like to take part in the project, please contact Jayne Sargeant on 01905 763963 or visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/plant-a-snowdrop

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 2,600 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.