St. Richard’s Guests Travel Back in Time

8th October 2014

Malvern residents were among 160 people who enjoyed travelling back in time to the decadent days of the 1930s on a special luxury train journey to Bath organised by St Richard’s Hospice.

The exclusive Northern Belle train, making its first stop of the day at Great Malvern Station, was chartered on Saturday 20th September as part of the hospice’s 30thAnniversary celebrations, with approximately £10,000 raised to help the local charity care for people with life threatening illnesses.

Phil Humphreys, one of St Richard’s Hospice’s business patrons, was amongst the first guests to secure their tickets for the special event; “The trip was the most perfect way to spend a day and for us was made all the more special as we were also celebrating my father’s 82nd birthday.

“My wife and I, together with my parents, were taken on a nostalgic trip back in time on the superb Northern Belle. As Malvern residents, leaving from Great Malvern station added a touch of excitement. The train and staff were wonderful, giving us all a true feel for when train travel was so special. The sumptuous food and fine wine were the perfect finishing touch to a day never to be forgotten”.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager for St Richard’s Hospice, said; “It was a fantastic day and everyone really enjoyed themselves. As a Malvern resident, I was particularly delighted to be able to bring this historic train to the beautiful old station of Great Malvern. It was a really special experience and all our guests agreed that the luxuriously fitted carriages and wonderful service from the Northern Belle team made the trip a very suitable celebration of 30 years of hospice care from St Richard’s. We are delighted that the day raised such a wonderful amount of money to help us continue to care for patients at the end of their lives and their loved ones.”

The day was sponsored by local businesses HallmarkHulme and BRI Wealth Management.

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.

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