Sun shines for Waterways Walk

5th August 2015

More than 150 walkers strode out to support St Richard’s Hospice on the charity’s popular annual Waterways Walk on Sunday, 2nd August.

Around 100 walkers took on the 21 mile circular route from Droitwich Spa Marina, along the restored Droitwich Canal and River Severn to Diglis in Worcester and back beside the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

Other walkers headed off on the shorter 10 mile route from Worcester to Hanbury Wharf.

The local hospice hopes that walkers will raise in the region of £15,000 to help fund the care of patients living with life-threatening illnesses, and to provide support for their families.

Among those walking the 21 mile route were Helen and Tony Mullen, from Worcester.

Mrs Mullen said; “In the last 7 years I’ve become hugely aware of the great work St Richard’s Hospice do. In 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and following surgery, chemo and radiotherapy I met some wonderful ladies who’d all been through the same. Unfortunately two of these ladies are no longer with us, but both benefited from the great work of St Richard’s. I was delighted to be able to do this walk and raise money for a great cause.”

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said, “It was a great day with all our walkers in good spirits. The weather was kind to us on the day, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the scenic walk along our waterways. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and made the day such a success. We are also grateful to all the volunteers who generously gave their time to help with registrations, water stations and marshalling, and also providing first aid and massages to walkers at the end of their walk. The money raised will help St Richard’s make a difference to the quality of life of our patients and families.”

The Waterways Walk is now in its sixth year and is kindly sponsored by Droitwich Spa Marina. First Aid was provided by Martin Bennett from Axiom Training.  Walkers were offered therapeutic massage after their walk by Kathy Scott from Hands On At 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: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • 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.