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Superheroes raise thousands for hospice

19th June 2017

Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead
Photo by Sebastian Stead

An army of splendid superheroes assembled in glorious sunshine to take on a 5k challenge and raise thousands for St Richard’s Hospice.

More than 600 Wonder Women, Supermen, Incredible Hulks, Spidermen, Batmen – and women – ran the St Richard’s Superhero Challenge at the sun-drenched University of Worcester Lakeside Campus, in Holt, on Saturday 17 June.

Runners from across Worcestershire – and beyond – scaled inflatable obstacles, scrambled through flurries of foam and dropped down slides before triumphantly crossing the finish line to collect their well-deserved medals.

So far, around £25,000 has been raised to support vital hospice care provided to patients living with life-limiting illnesses and their families – with that figure expected to rise.

Many of the participants ran in memory of a loved one cared for by St Richard’s, while dozens of touching tributes to friends and relatives were left on a ‘Superhero Gallery’ board during the day.

Steph Bowley, from Worcester, took on the challenge for her mum, Jenny-Anne, who was a patient at the hospice earlier this year.

(l-r) Natasha Bowley, Guy Bowley, Steph Bowley and Evan Jones, aged six, ran the race in memory of Jenny-Anne Bowley

“I’m doing it because they were just fantastic,” said the 30-year-old who ran the course with her dad and sister.

“My mum not only felt like a patient but she felt like a friend to people from the cleaners to the doctors.

“The support they have given us is non-stop, nothing is ever an issue for them. The volunteers were amazing. The volunteers made a massive difference to mum every day.”

Also running the race was a 13-strong team called the PJ Girls, from Droitwich, who ran in memory of a much-loved friend.

Team member Alison Battin said: “Every single one of us has got members of family or friends who have already had – or is going to need – hospice care.”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s, said: “Thank you to everyone who came along and took part in our challenge – every single one of you is a superhero in our eyes.

“It was a brilliant day filled with sunshine, fun, laughter and some fantastic costumes.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have raised so much money for St Richard’s vital care to patients living with life limiting illnesses and their loved ones.

“A big thank you once again to our superheroes and to everyone who helped make the event a success.”

The event was generously sponsored by the A44 Tyre Shop.

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.