Students use initiative to raise funds for hospice

5th May 2016

RGS Yr 8 Flourishing FiversCreative-thinking pupils from RGS Worcester have raised over £4,500 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The Year Eight pupils signed up for the Flourishing Fivers initiative where they are asked to turn £5 into as much money as they can.

The group of 90 pupils raised the cash through a number of fundraising initiatives including events such as sweet and cake sales, nail painting, craft sales, sponsored cycle rides and a triathlon. Four pupils teamed up to take part in a sponsored 31-mile Worcestershire Way Walk over two days and another group of four cycled from Birmingham to Droitwich.

Joanna Marsh, Religious Studies Teacher and Head of Lower School Co-curricular Activities at RGS Worcester, said: “We are so proud of the commitment and sheer inventiveness of the Year Eight pupils in their bid to raise money for the Flourishing Fivers; from sponsored walks up Ben Nevis to nail painting, Guess the Name of the Penguin and sales of hot chocolate, the events were varied and fun.”

Jayne Sargeant, Community Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We are delighted that RGS Worcester have supported us again this year with our Flourishing Fiver’s campaign, raising a record £4517.22 for St Richard’s Hospice. The Year 8 students have excelled with their fundraising activities and we are overwhelmed by their support.”

Any schools that are interested in supporting St Richard’s Hospice are invited to contact Jayne Sargeant on 01905 763963 or by emailing

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.