Spreading snowdrops in aid of hospice

25th February 2016

Suckley School planted snowdrops
Ombersley School pupils planting snowdrops
Pupils at Ombersley Endowed First School

The children of Ombersley First School and Suckley School took their learning into the garden earlier this month when they planted snowdrops in the school gardens in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

The children were given the opportunity to plant snowdrop bulbs, 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.

The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust is also supporting the hospice’s scheme, providing the children with an engraved wooden plaque so that they can record the snowdrops being planted.

The hospice’s snowdrops project will be taken to other schools over the coming weeks, including RGS Grange, offering the 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: “St Richard’s Hospice chose the snowdrop as its symbol as this flower is a symbol of hope at the very beginning ofspring. This project is a great opportunity for the children to learn about nature and also have fun developing their green fingers. We are very grateful to all the local schools who support the hospice and help us continue to offer specialist care to people at the end of their lives.”

If local schools would like to take part in the project, please contact Jayne Sargeant on 01905 763963 or visit our Snowdrop Campaign.


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.